Frequently Asked Questions
Who is being surveyed?
All employers of college graduates from postsecondary and post-diploma programs are contacted eight months after graduation in order to find out how well they feel the college has prepared its graduates to meet the needs of employers.
What is the purpose of the survey?
The information collected in the survey is used by the colleges to help students and graduates make informed career decisions and to evaluate their programs to ensure that the needs of students and employers are being met. The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities uses the information to produce the annual Employment Profile of college graduates and to report on the performance of colleges.
How are employers identified?
Prior to conducting the employer survey, a graduate survey is conducted in which graduates are asked to identify their employer and provide the name and phone number of their direct supervisor.
Is this an evaluation of the graduate's job performance?
No, the employer survey only asks about how well the college prepared its graduate to meet the needs of employers.
Has the graduate given permission to contact their employer?
Yes. Before contacting an employer, the graduate is asked to give their permission to contact their employer. The only way of obtaining the name of an employer and the immediate supervisor is from the graduate during the graduate survey.
Which organization is conducting the survey?
The survey project is being managed by Forum Research Inc., under contract with the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The interviewing itself is conducted by Forum's call centre affiliate, Access Research Inc.