The Stevens Career Center has released its outcomes report for the Class of 2015, and it demonstrates once again the tremendous value of a Stevens degree in launching lucrative careers and admission to highly-selective graduate programs. The first destination information reported by the Class of 2015, together with Stevens’ ranking by salary consultancy PayScale (3rd in the 2015 College ROI Report and 10th in the 2015-16 Report for Mid-Career Salaries) – adds to a stellar record by Stevens as a leader in preparing students for post-graduate success.
According to the Class of 2015 Career Outcomes Report, 95 percent of the Class of 2015 had secured post-graduation outcomes within six months of graduation, as follows: employment (71 percent), admission to graduate, law or medical school (17 percent), returning to their home country/traveling (6 percent) or entering the military (1 percent). The report shows a 2 percent increase over the previous class in graduates continuing their education and pursuing advanced degrees. This data represents an outstanding knowledge rate, with 90 percent of the Class of 2015 reporting.
At $66,600, the Class of 2015 average starting salary represented a $2,450 increase over last year’s average of $64,150. Salaries for newer fields such as quantitative finance, which reported for the first time in 2014, continued to be among the highest, along with chemical engineering, computer science and cybersecurity.
Corporate, government and non-profit employers, impressed with the ability of Stevens students to innovate technical solutions to solve society’s most critical problems, continue to seek out new graduates for positions in their companies. Many, understanding the caliber of the talent pool at Stevens, hire multiple graduates. In 2015, 24 companies from diverse industries hired three or more new graduates, including Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson, JPMorgan Chase and Walt Disney World.
The success rate for women of the Class of 2015 was particularly noteworthy, with 97 percent securing post-graduation outcomes: employment (71 percent), or admission to graduate, law or medical school (17 percent). These impressive outcomes mirror the figures for the entire class. The top employers for Stevens women in 2015 were in manufacturing/pharmaceutical industry, followed by engineering services and finance.
Elizabeth Pascetta, a senior from Hoboken graduating with a dual degree in engineering management and a master's in system engineering in spring 2016, will begin a three-year rotation with Lockheed Martin in California this summer, a role offered to her before she even graduates.
"I used the connection Stevens had with Lockheed Martin to get the internship that led to my career," recalls Pascetta. "One thing that was eye-opening: a lot of companies come to Stevens to physically recruit. This was a completely different experience for me, companies coming to campus to recruit you versus just coming to shake hands and hand you some information. It was clear they really wanted Stevens students to come work for them."
"The help of the Stevens Career Center was also vital. I originally went to them thinking, 'okay, they’ll help me with my resume.' But they gently remind you, every semester, to keep improving that resume a little bit all the time and to keep thinking about and preparing for your eventual career. They made sure we understood that college is fun, yes – but at the end of the experience, you will want to be getting the right kinds of job offers and jobs, and that they would help us find them."
Stevens’ ability to place women into the high-paying, in-demand fields that drive today’s economy has garnered national attention. MarketWatch recently named Stevens 2nd in the nation among colleges where female STEM students flourish.
The Stevens Career Center continues to distinguish itself nationally as well. Stevens was the only school in the country ranked in the Top 20 for both Best Career Placement (6th) and “Best Career Services by The Princeton Review. The highly-regarded resource for prospective students again recognized Stevens’ outstanding record of helping students get into their dream careers by including Stevens in its inaugural 2016 edition of "Colleges That Create Futures: 50 Schools That Launch Careers By Going Beyond the Classroom.”
The Stevens Career Center is dedicated to supporting students in obtaining their desired career outcomes. A trio of annual career fairs, attended by well over 300 employers, many of which return repeatedly to Stevens, is just one service offered. It also provides individualized guidance by career counselors, organizes on-campus recruiting opportunities and corporate site visits, and leads career planning workshops and employer information sessions. The list of influential local, national and global companies seeking Stevens talent continues to grow, thanks to the tireless efforts of the career development office in fostering relationships with employers.
The office facilitated 1,121 first-round interviews, a 14 percent increase from 2014, and posted 3,079 full-time job opportunities, an increase of 9 percent from 2014.
Ashley Tomasura '15, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in business and technology, went to work for Ernst & Young after graduation in the firm’s risk advisory program.
“I was offered multiple networking opportunities, résumé building sessions and mock interviews to fully prepare myself for the interview with my dream company (Ernst & Young). It was amazing and comforting to know each career advisor actually wanted me to succeed with each interview,” Tomasura said.
Brian Vianco '15, who graduated with a B.E. and M.E. in mechanical engineering, has high marks for the personalized attention offered by the Stevens Career Center.
“From my freshman year, I could see how much they were invested in my success and wanted me to grow professionally,” said Vianco. “They took the time to learn about my interests and steered me in the right direction of potential job opportunities I would have never known about. The advice given to me has helped me make the right decision when accepting a full-time job.”
Executive Director of the Stevens Career Center, Lynn Insley, says she and her staff are always immensely gratified to learn of the success of Stevens’ newest alumni, and encourages all alumni to stay in touch with the Center throughout the phases of their professional careers.
The ability of Stevens graduates to embrace technological innovation, finding success in a wide range of industries, reflects the life-long value of a Stevens education, she notes.
“The broad-based education that Stevens students receive make them highly desirable to employers seeking well-rounded, work-ready individuals who can provide innovative solutions and long term value,” says Insley.