The University of Northern B.C. more than makes the grade, according to new results of an alumni survey.
More than 80 per cent are employed in their area of study, and half of graduates got work within a month of leaving the northern campus.
That improves to 83 per cent after six months, with a current unemployment rate of 4.1 per cent.
This data was gleaned from 1,490 respondents, representing 13.4 per cent of alumni who graduated between 1994 and 2014.
More than 93 per cent of respondents, who took the lengthy survey between February and March, classified themselves as "very" or "somewhat" on the satisfaction scale. Almost three quarters said they would recommend the institution to others.
"It always is nice to have some objective data to kind of confirm what we think we're doing well," said university president Daniel Weeks.
Weeks highlighted the 69 per cent of graduates who are in management or executive level jobs.
"They're employed in areas that are directly related to their UNBC education," he said. "I think what it speaks to is the quality of the professors we have here and the actual experience that they get at UNBC seems to translate well into their working world."
Health and medicine were the top two employers. The vast majority still live in the province, with 60 per cent living in the north.
The survey had more than 75 questions and represented the first major survey of alumni experience. It looked into a number of areas: skills developed, education financing, additional education sought, employment, perceived connection with UNBC and alumni services.
Weeks said some suggested more emphasis on entrepreneurial skills as well as more alumni engagement.
"This is something that we have plans for. We want to reach out more to our alumni and in fact this was the first step in doing so."
Weeks said the data will also be used this summer as the university's provost leads a task force focusing on a new academic plan.
"This kind of info is incredibly useful for us," Weeks said.
"We do take a moment to pat ourselves on the back but we know that we have lots more to do."