What's the demand right now for graduates for your program?
From my vantage point in analytics education, the "great recession" never happened.Since founding the Institute in 2007, year after year demand for our graduates intensified. Students who graduated last May had an average of 16 initial job interviews, and over 80-percent had 2 or more job offers. Forty employers came to the Institute attempting to hire from a pool of 38 students. Three-quarters made an offer of employment, and half succeed in landing one or more graduates. However, the top six employers hired two-thirds of the class. That's why we've moved to double our enrollment this year. For the fifth consecutive year, over 90% of our students were employed by graduation. Average salaries continue to increase year after year.
Hardly a day goes by when I don't get a call or a message from an employer looking to hire a MSA graduate. Some of it has to do with our track record for producing analytics professionals that can hit the ground running, but there's no doubting that demand for talent is increasing with each year. Data is perhaps our most valuable renewable resource driving economic growth today.
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