In the Maurice Horowitch Career Center, we work closely with students beginning as early as their first year to help them learn career planning skills, specifically to identify opportunities for career exploration and development including shadowing opportunities, internships and other career-related experiences. By engaging in this process early, students have the opportunity to explore their passions and consider how the depth and breadth of their liberal arts education will prepare them for a satisfying and productive life after Hamilton.
Each year, members of the Career Center staff contact recent graduates in an effort to track their progress during their first year after Hamilton. Despite economic difficulty and employment uncertainty, the Hamilton Class of 2011 has fared well: 73% of the class reports being employed while 21% is enrolled in graduate or professional school, or participating in a post-graduate fellowship. As has been the trend in recent years, top areas of employment are finance, education (although there was a significant drop in this area) and the non-profit sector, with a jump in the number of graduates working in sales & marketing, as well as in the health care industry. Interestingly, health care topped the list of post-graduate study, reflecting increased interest in this growing sector. While the majority of our graduates head to the New York City area, this year Washington, D.C. surpassed Boston as the Class of 2011's second most popular geographic choice.
90% of the Class of 2011 answered this survey and we are grateful for their willingness to respond. Special thanks also to Katherine Costa '12, who worked to encourage participation and compile results, working under the guidance of Senior Associate Director David Bell, who directs this annual project.
Please enjoy reading about our graduates' accomplishments. The report begins with a summary that is followed by information on employment trends, top geographic choices, data about those who pursued graduate school positions and statistics about those who accepted a postgraduate fellowship or scholarship award. If you have questions or comments about this information, please feel free to contact me.
Mary McLean Evans '82
Maurice Horowitch Career Center