Traditional path to Wall Street is no longer the only avenue
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. ? With spring around the corner and the next wave of graduates preparing to flood the job market, Jaye Roseborough, executive director of career services at Middlebury College, is available to share her expertise and veteran perspective on emerging career trends affecting recent college graduates.
"Middlebury College has always enjoyed an established relationship with Wall Street," said Roseborough. "And many graduates have successfully pursued jobs in finance." But that landscape is shifting, according to Roseborough, and she is prepared to discuss the following new and emerging employment trends:
Students are pursuing a broader spectrum of careers
A February 2006 Middlebury College survey charting the top-10 career interests of the senior class shows the category of "nonprofit" in first place over "finance" in eighth, behind "government" and "education" at third and fourth, respectively.
Interest in internships is peaking sooner
Underclassmen as well as seniors are pursuing internship opportunities in a range of fields, from education and the environment to healthcare and government. Roseborough and her colleagues have developed a workshop called "Sophomore Springboard" to educate younger students about internship opportunities and how to get them. As a result, internship participation at Middlebury College has increased up to 25 percent in the last five years.
Alternative and volunteer options are increasing
More and more often, students are postponing graduate school and for-profit jobs to get involved with organizations such as Teach for America and AmeriCorps. Middlebury College consistently ranks in the top-10 among similarly sized colleges for the number of graduates serving in the Peace Corps.
International opportunities are growing
Increasingly, Middlebury students tend to have had some international exposure before college, so interest in an educational experience that will better prepare them for the global economy is a priority, whether through study-abroad programs, language courses or international internships. Many who take advantage of these programs and internships make plans to return and work in a foreign country for a few years after graduation.
Staying connected is the ultimate resource
Compared to other similarly sized colleges and universities, Middlebury College maintains one of the largest and most diverse online alumni volunteer career networking databases, with nearly 10,000 participants. "It's a great way for people to become involved in Middlebury's future other than through financial gifts," said Roseborough. "We rarely get a 'no' when we ask someone to join the database - from the highest level executive to the most progressive entrepreneur."