Once again, the most recent Nichols graduates have proved big winners in their job searches. Six months after receiving their degrees, 91% of the respondents from the Class of 2012 are employed full time, according to a just-completed survey announced by the Career Services Office.
The latest results match the same percentage at this time last year for the Class of 2011.
Director of Career Services Liz Horgan (pictured) says those numbers are particularly significant in light of a much higher unemployment rate nationally for new college grads. “Considering the economy, I think we’ve performed very well,” she says.
The survey relied on a questionnaire, bolstered by telephone calls, emails and a scan of career-connected sites such as LinkedIn to get the maximum response rate. The new job titles of the newest graduates range from Associate Financial Analyst and Marketing Coordinator to Logistics Manager and ABA (applied behavior analysis) Therapist, a position that involves working with autistic children.
The grads are employed by companies and organizations large and smaller, including national retail leader Target and Enterprise Rent-a-Car, as well as operations such as Beverly, Massachusetts-based LGC Genomics, a subsidiary of international biotech firm LGC.
About three dozen of the latest Nichols alumni are attending graduate school, including those pursuing a Nichols Master’s in Business Administration or Master’s in Organizational Leadership and another graduate in the Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.
The steady employment levels for young Nichols graduates is linked, Horgan explains, to undergraduate programs that help students find career-related internships. The College’s signature Professional Development Seminar, meanwhile, provides a four-year sequence of courses that prepare undergraduates for networking, job seeking, and beyond.
“We really encourage students to have a multi-faceted approach to their job searches,” Horgan adds. An annual career fair that draws large numbers of potential employers, also makes a big difference, she notes.