Colby-Sawyer’s Class of 2015 is finding professional and continued academic success, according to a report on graduate outcomes released by the college’s Harrington Center for Experiential Learning. Six months after graduation, 92 percent of the responding class members (44 percent) were either employed (84 percent) or pursuing graduate studies (eight percent). Of those employed, 87 percent report working in a job directly or somewhat related to their major; 39 percent received a job offer from their internship site.
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 82 percent of the national Class of 2015 is employed or pursuing graduate degree studies, as compared to Colby-Sawyer’s 92 percent. Colby-Sawyer’s Class of 2015 also exceeds the national average in employment by 26 percent, with just 58 percent of the national class reporting employment.
Thirteen majors reported 100 percent of their Class of 2015 graduates were employed or in graduate school, including biology, exercise science, graphic design, sociology, sport management, child development with certification, media studies, philosophy and psychology. Health care management, health promotion, nursing and public health majors also all had 100 percent success rates when it came to finding employment or graduate opportunities.
“Post-graduation employment opportunities for Colby-Sawyer nursing graduates remain very strong, particularly at our partner institution, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center,” said Dr. Susan Reeves ’88, dean of the School of Health Professions, and Gladys A. Burrows Distinguished Professor of Nursing. “Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center hires our graduates because of the significant quality of their classroom and clinical education as well as their familiarity with the organization.”
Employers of Colby-Sawyer graduates also include Massachusetts General Hospital; The Angiogenesis Foundation; JP Morgan Chase; Deloitte; Fidelity Investments; the State of Vermont; the Center for Environmental Health; Colby-Sawyer College; the Kennebunkport Historical Society and the “I Have a Dream” Foundation. Graduates work around the country and across the world.
Fifty-eight percent of employed graduates reported annual salaries of $25,000 or more, with 13 percent earning more than $50,000 per year.
The Harrington Center for Experiential Learning works to prepare students for the professional realities they will face, assisting with résumé writing, interview skills and an internship approved by Director Jen Tockman as well as a faculty sponsor, employer and department chair.
“The career development our students must do to prepare for their internships either junior or senior year give them a head-start in knowing how to jump into the job search process,” said Tockman. “More than one-third were offered positions from their internship sites, and while not all of them accepted the offers, it certainly provides our graduates with confidence to know they had options entering the work force.”
Students reported pursuing graduate studies at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Duke University, University of Vermont, Stony Brook University, Villanova University School of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law and Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherlands, among others.