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You received a job offer -- now what?

  1. Avoid making snap decisions
    Evaluating an offer (or multiple offers) takes time. You'll also need to be cognizant of the amount of time you have to make your decision. Asking for an extension is acceptable but keep in mind that the employer may not be able to accommodate your request.
  2. Read carefully
    Be sure you thoroughly understand the position and expectations of the organization. Determine if this is the right fit for you before accepting.
  3. Consider the salary
    Students in the College of IST report an average starting salary of about $65K with an average signing bonus of about $6K. Other sites, like and NACE's Salary Calculator, can provide you with industry and national averages based on your skills/qualifications.
  4. Accept or decline the offer
  5. Once you've accepted an offer, it is unethical to continue interviewing and searching for "better" offers.
    Remove yourself from any pending interviews and communicate with other companies who have outstanding offers to let them know you are no longer available.

Penn State's Career Services Office offers additional information to consider when evaluating a job offer. Discussing this process with an IST Career Coach can also help you determine if this is the right fit for you.

Where are IST students going?

Since IST admitted its first students in 1999, our programs have continued to adapt to changing global needs. Our students have learned the skills needed to lead in the digital economy. And our unique approach to solving real-world problems in the classroom is positioning IST as a global leader in education.

Average Salaries

Full-Time Starting salary: $68,000
Signing bonus: $7,100
Intern Salary: $20/hour

Employment by Industry

25% Consulting
18% Insurance/Healthcare
14% Government/Defense Contracting
13% Technology/Energy
10%  Financial
 20% All Other Employers

Top States for Employment

29% PA
13% VA
7% NY
6% MD
6% NJ
5% DC
4% NH
4% TX

"We prioritize recruiting at IST due to the incredible preparation and diversity of students. We consistently recognize the caliber of Penn State students. They are intelligent, driven, well-rounded, and have a genuine interest in having a positive impact in the world."
- Ryan Ward, Advisory Manager, EY



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