Check out career paths of the Class of 2016
33 percent went into tech, finance and consulting with a median salary of $68,422
According to a report released by Princeton Career Services, within six months of graduation, 72.2 percent of the class of 2016 accepted employment, 18.5 percent pursued higher education, and 18.8 percent worked for non-profit or service based organizations.
The Tab spoke with Eva Kubu, interim executive director of Career Services about the results of the report and the department's role. Of Princeton’s recent graduates, 18.9 percent of the class accepted full time employment opportunities in professional, scientific, and technical services and 14.1 percent pursued financial and insurance careers. The next most popular industries were information, education services, and healthcare. Although the statistics seem to support a common conception that most Princeton students pursue technology and finance careers, Kubu noted that these groups are actually quite broad for categorization purposes, therefore the most popular category actually includes career paths such as public relations, advertising, and law.
Graduates employed in business and financial operations made an average salary of $71,904. Those in the computational fields made an average salary of $96,399. Engineers made an average of $69,719.
63 percent of respondents stated that Career Services played a role in providing opportunities and networking.
"What really differentiates Princeton is the affinity that our alum have towards the institution and the strong commitment that they have to helping students connect with opportunities and providing advice," Kubu said.
Despite the success of the recent class, A July New York Post article, "The Ivy League school employers most hope to see on your resume", reported on a study which analyzed the success rate of Ivy League resume callbacks, stating that University of Pennsylvania students had the highest success rate (30.6 higher than the average Ivy grad) in comparison to Princeton which was considered the least successful (48.3 percent lower than average).
Although initially compelling, the article seemed to have a very narrow approach of analysis, only looking at a single case of resumes submitted through Indeed.com. Not to mention that no full research report has been published with any sense of methodology or approach to support validity of the statements.
“More than 90 percent of graduating students confirmed that they have achieved their post-graduation plans,” Kubu said. And 94 percent have had internship experience during their time at Princeton.
Princeton was also named #8 on Business Insider's list last year based on median graduate salaries. If anything, the article could support that most students utilize Career Services and alumni connections over online job listings.
As advice for current students students, Kubu strongly encourages participation in the Career and Life Vision workshop which provides clarity in choosing a career direction. Also, take a minute to update your career interests through Handshake to help Career Services represent your interests.
You can access this year's full report here.