Good news on the job front has been scarce of late—but not at Colby.
Director Roger Woolsey reports that as of June 30, 58 percent of the
Class of 2011 already had jobs, 19 percent had been accepted to graduate
programs, and another 3 percent had been awarded fellowships, including
a Watson Foundation fellowship and Fulbright fellowships.
“This is a record,” Woolsey said.
At this time in 2010, a survey of the graduating class showed 54
percent employed, in what Woolsey termed a very good year in a very bad
job market. This year experts predicted a better jobs climate, but that
optimism wavered with national job numbers. According to Woolsey, the
national job outlook for new college graduates worsened from January to
June. But the outlook remained good from the perspective of Mayflower
There were more recruiters on campus, and Colby students took
advantage of the opportunities. Three Colbians were hired by Barclays
Capital from their internship program, and the company also hired three
new undergraduate summer interns. Five graduates joined IBM Global
Business Services for the Public Sector, and 13 were hired by the highly
selective Teach for America, beating last year’s record number.
Woolsey reported that the Career Center established new relationships
with Amazon, Belvedere Trading, Bessemer Trust, the Central
Intelligence Agency, and some of the country’s top business consulting