Next Steps for MHC's Class of 2007

Monday, May 21, 2007 - 2:38pm

Posted: May 21, 2007

Scott Brown is the director of the Career Development Center. Here are the answers to a few of the questions he's fielding these days from the Mount Holyoke community--especially members of the class of 2007 and their families.

What does the job market look like for the class of 2007?

SB: It's looking great. As the economy continues to strengthen, we are still seeing more employers looking for more good college graduates.

Have you noticed any trends in the career choices of recent graduates? Do these reflect national trends?

SB: MHC students do most anything, but there are several fields that are particularly attractive. The top five choices for MHC grads (2006) are education, health sciences/medicine, philanthropy/foundations, scientific research and development, and finance/insurance/real estate.

What percentages of our students are going on to grad school or directly to work?

SB: Anecdotally, just from students we have worked with, we know of two admitted to Harvard Business School, as well as seniors admitted to Ph.D. programs in immunology at Yale and in economics at Johns Hopkins. Students were also admitted to Harvard School of Public Health, UPenn School of Veterinary Medicine, and Howard University.

We have four graduates on Fulbright Scholarships next year: one studying energy policy in Germany, another studying ecotourism in China, one teaching English in Korea, and another teaching English in Taiwan.

In terms of work, we have one of six selected students around the country for the prestigious Random House program and a number of students going to work at Goldman Sachs.

We also have a senior interning at the Office of Insular Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, working on insular policies with an MHC alumna. This is a government-paid internship with the possibility of full-time employment. Another senior will become a Marine Corps second lieutenant upon her graduation.

What's the most important piece of advice you'd give to recent graduates?

SB: MHC has prepared you to make an impact on your future careers and communities. You have the top 12 qualities all employers desire: working in a diverse environment, managing time, acquiring knowledge, thinking critically, communicating effectively, solving problems, contributing to a team, navigating against boundaries, performing with integrity, developing professional competencies, balancing work and life, and embracing change. You have been doing this in and out of class on and off campus every day. You are ready. And if you need assistance, today or in ten years, we are here to help you.

Related Links:

Scott Brown - Bio

Career Development Center