International Appeal: The 10 Countries Where College Grads Want to Work

International Appeal: The 10 Countries Where College Grads Want to Work

Andrew Strieber

According to a new study by and the employment information provider Going Global, this year a majority of new college graduates are hoping to start their fledgling careers in New York City. Some, however, may feel that the city that never sleeps still isn't enough. For those who find the prospect of an international career more appealing, and Going Global's study also surveys college placement offices representing a selection of both American and foreign-born students to determine the most-popular spots around the globe for launching a new career.

Although the percentage of U.S.-born students who look to move abroad after graduation has dropped, the United States doesn't get the most votes among students asked to name the countries where they want to work. Instead, the United Kingdom ranks first, leading runner-up China by a margin of 16%. The UK's vibrancy and diverse economy attracts many students, and while the global economic downturn has hampered growth, China continues to offer opportunities for rapid success. Rounding out the top five choices are the U.S., France, and Australia -- all wealthy countries with popular major cities and exciting cultures. Looking at the nations in the survey's bottom five, however, yields some surprises, as traditional business centers Singapore and South Korea are both tied for last with Ireland, and all three countries are preferred by just 10% of students, according to the survey of placement offices.

Here are the top 10 countries where American students want to start a new career:

  1. United Kingdom
  2. China
  3. United States
  4. France
  5. Australia
  6. Japan
  7. Germany
  8. Hong Kong
  9. Spain
  10. Italy