Silicon Valley Favors NC State Alumni

April 28, 2017

NC State scored well on another study tracking alumni success in the job market. According to an analysis by HiringSolved, an online recruiting company, technology firms in California's Silicon Valley have hired a relatively high number of recent NC State graduates.

The study of 10,000 tech workers hired by the biggest Silicon Valley employers in 2016 and the first two months of 2017 identified 25 universities supplying the most undergraduate and graduate alumni to the workforce. NC State ranks 13th on the list, ahead of peers Purdue, Texas A&M, Penn State and the University of California, Davis.


NC State is the only North Carolina university on the list.

The aim of the study was to identify which skills have the highest market value in the technology jobs market by analyzing the candidates who were hired or promoted to new roles in 2016 and early 2017. This provides a transparent look into what characteristics these hires possess - which is more telling for prospective job seekers than a standard employer job description. It offers a first-hand view into which specific skills are most in demand, what high-tech recruiters are looking for in applicants, and what schools these candidates typically hail from.

"Our research suggests that in addition to specific skills and educational backgrounds, Silicon Valley is looking for a strong fundamental understanding of the basics of technology in their new hires" said HiringSolved co-founder and CEO Shon Burton. "Often what separates say, a good engineer from a great one, is a knack for understanding the baseline 'how's' and 'why's' of how things work - the physics of the technology. Having a deeper, more well-rounded comprehension makes a great engineer because they're thinking creatively and when the technique fails, they have the ability to fix the issue. This is the key to a desirable Silicon Valley job candidate."

Source: Quartz Media