In a previous publication of The Student, post-graduate statistics of the classes of 2014 and 2015 were presented in an article that explored professional situations contemporary Bates graduates are experiencing. This data allows current Bates students to understand in more detail the value of a Bates education, and where a Bates degree may take them. There is also an opportunity for students to think about in what field, for whom and where geographically they may end up as Bates graduates in the professional world.
The Bates Career Development Center strives to conduct research on recently graduated classes through a series of surveys in order to provide valuable information for current undergraduate students. These surveys consist of a two-step process that records a student’s employment situation on the day of graduation, and again in the following December of that year in order to track the retention rate of graduates in their immediate post-graduate endeavors. In collecting and publicizing this data, the Bates Career Development Center provides students with published records (available on their website) that can help near-graduating students pinpoint and take advantage of certain fields, industries and companies that have already established relationships with Bates graduates.
As of December 31, 2014, according to statistics provided by the Bates Career Development Center, 396 students of the 448 graduating students in the Class of 2014 answered questions pertaining to their current employment or occupational status. Of the 396 graduates who responded, 99 percent of students had “settled,” meaning that they were either employed, in graduate or professional school, had received a fellowship, in an internship, or other (includes further study, volunteer, and travel). A minute one percent, or six out of 396 students were still seeking employment, whereas 74 percent (297 students) were employed and 13 percent (51 students) were in a graduate or professional program.
With evidence allowing current Bates students to feel relatively comfortable with opportunities they will be afforded in the post-graduate landscape, it is important to note where, and from whom, employment opportunities will come. A total of 89 companies and employers comprised a diverse portfolio of employment opportunities afforded Bates graduates in the Class of 2014. 16 of the 89 companies represented in that list are employers that participated heavily in BCDC sponsored programs such as the Purposeful Work Program, job shadows, internships and roadshows. In addition, 16 of the 89 employers (who were not all the same employers that participated in BCDC programs) visited the Bates campus in efforts to recruit near graduating students. Not only is there a broad range in the employers that are hiring Bates graduates, but there is also a tremendous amount of opportunity for students to initiate contact and form professional relationships with a bulk of these employers before they graduate, giving Bates graduates a leg up on competition applying to that same employer.
Of the 74 percent of graduates in the Class of 2014 that entered professional employment following graduation, the majority of students entered positions in education (19 percent), finance/banking (nine percent), healthcare (nine percent) and technology industries (nine percent). The leading job functions that the 2014 graduates performed were in sectors involving education/teaching (13 percent), research (10 percent), analysis (nine percent) and finance (seven percent).
Not surprisingly, the majority of Bates graduates in the Class of 2014 were situated predominantly in the northeast based on those who were employed, participated in internships or fellowships, or enrolled in graduate or professional schools. Among graduates who remained in the United States, 35 percent settled in Massachusetts, 13 percent in New York, 10 percent in Maine and four percent in California. Within the Class of 2014, graduates represented residency in 23 countries other than the United States, boasting a robust diversity of employment opportunity in countries throughout the world.
Equally important are the published statistics that indicate the opportunities and success of Bates graduates who decide to pursue a graduate or professional degree over immediate employment. Of students of the Class of 2014 that applied to law school, 94 percent were accepted—law schools featured include heavy hitters such as Stanford University, Cornell University, UCLA and Washington University. Similarly, of students that applied to professional schools, 68 percent were accepted to medical school, 100 percent to dental school, and 100 percent to veterinary school, featuring graduate programs at Harvard Medical School, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Columbia School of Dental Medicine, and Tufts Cummins School of Veterinary Medicine.
With information and statistics such as these provided to current Bates students from various administrative offices on campus, students are able to garner a sense of where a Bates degree may take them in their future. In thinking about particular fields or professions that may be of interest professionally, students can use these data to see where, based on their Bates degree, they may find increased opportunity in employment.