Data show that investing in a Bryant education leads to great jobs
As members of Bryant University’s Class of 2018 prepare for Commencement, many are also readying themselves for the start of exciting and meaningful careers.
"Bryant University prepares students to grow intellectually, become experts in their chosen discipline, and, as importantly, be 'job ready' at the time of graduation,” says Provost and Chief Academic Officer Glenn Sulmasy, J.D., LL.M. "Our faculty and staff help them develop the skills, knowledge, and creative thinking abilities they need to succeed anywhere.”
International Business and Finance major Alison Feehan '18 describes herself as "both humbled and excited" to have been accepted into the North American Finance Development Program of Education First, an international education company. "I am thrilled to be joining a company that shares the passions I discovered at Bryant," says Feehan, who cites the wide range of opportunities the University provided as being important to her success.
Grace Farrell '18, a Communication and Media Studies major who will be working at research and advisory firm Gartner as a mid-size enterprise account manager after graduation, found Bryant alumni and Amica Center for Career Education connections helpful in finding her job. Discussing her career options with Taylor Waters '17 exposed Farrell to a whole new field that fascinates her. "I never thought I’d be working in the information technology sector,” she says, "but in talking with Taylor I became more and more excited about the possibility.”
For Finance student Scott Tibert '18, it was his experience with his Archway Investment Fund classes that gave him an edge in securing a position as an investment analyst with Cambridge Associates. "It was like having the answers to a test in advance," he says of his job interview. "If you’re interested in a career in asset management like I was, then Archway’s the best way to prepare."
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These recent placements come as no surprise to those familiar with the University’s record of matching great students with great employers. A recent Post-Graduation Outcomes Profile, a joint effort between Bryant’s Office of Planning and Institutional Research and the University’s award-winning Amica Center, found that 99 percent of the Class of 2017 – 99 percent of the College of Business students and 97 percent of the College of the Arts and Sciences students – were employed, accepted into graduate school, or both, within six months of graduation.
And not only is Bryant’s class of 2017 employed, they’re finding success early as well. The median starting salary for the class was $59,000. That number has risen every year for the last five successive classes.
The 2017 graduates landed positions in a diverse range of fields and with exciting employers, ranging from leading financial firms like Fidelity Investments, PwC, Goldman Sachs, and Merrill Lynch, to industry giants like Hasbro and The Coca Cola Company, to tech companies like SpaceX, Boston Scientific, and Oracle, to healthcare organizations like Aetna and GE Healthcare.
"We work hard to ensure that Bryant’s students are exposed to all of the different pathways to success that their education has prepared them for," says Kevin Gaw, Ph.D., the Executive Director of the Amica Center, "and aid them in making the connections they need to both find great jobs and to flourish in them."
That approach is clearly working. Nearly half of the class listed their primary job source as a Bryant connection, be it the Amica Center's website, a Bryant career fair, an alumni network contact, or a referral from faculty, a University staff member, or a member of the Amica staff.