The Hamilton College Career Center staff has surveyed members of each graduating class for the past 11 years to learn what our alumni are doing one year after Commencement. Each year we survey the class until we obtain responses from at least 80% of the graduates. This year we heard back from a record 89% (447 out of 500) of the members of the Class of 2010.
We began collecting data in May 2010 and completed our survey one year later. Results and percentages contained in this report reflect the responses of those 447 members of the class who replied to our survey and not to the total class size of 500.
The report begins with a summary that is followed by information on students’ employment opportunities, top geographic choices, data about those who pursued graduate school positions, and, finally, statistics about those who accepted a postgraduate fellowship or scholarship award.
The Class of 2010 experienced a rebound in employment when compared to the previous year: 72% of the graduates are employed, an increase of 5% over the Class of 2009. This is the largest year-to-year increase in employment recorded and returns this response rate to our pre-recession norm. The number of graduates who reported being “in transition” was 5%, a marked decline from the record high 8% reported by the Class of 2009. Both of these numbers reflect the slow but still significant improvement in the national job market for college graduates.
This report is compiled each year by the Career Center staff under the direction of David Bell, and would not be possible without the willingness of our alumni to report back to us. Thank you to the members of the Class of 2010 who participated. If you have questions about this information feel free to contact us.