When it comes to career readiness, Babson graduates are ahead of the pack.
Ninety-nine percent of Babson’s most recent undergraduate alumni are employed or continuing their education, according to statistics from the Class of 2019 six months after graduation.*
Their average starting salary is $60,830. That’s more than 10% above the national business average of $53,912, according to the most recent National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) data.
A Babson graduate’s earnings potential continues well beyond those first six months; with 10 or more years of experience, Babson alumni, on average, earn between $133,800 and $149,400. It’s why PayScale has named Babson College the top business school in the country for salary potential based on alumni earning for five years in a row.
Beyond salary, the class of 2019’s outcomes show that Babson graduates are ready to jump into a variety of industries and roles. Among the top industries: 22% of students landed in technology, while 18% landed in finance.
What makes Babson graduates so equipped for career success? A focus on career readiness from day one.
Babson’s undergraduate academic curriculum blends business fundamentals with liberal arts courses, building critical thinking and communication skills for the modern business world. Beyond the classroom, students have access to a wealth of resources for their career journey, including the Hoffman Family Center for Undergraduate Career Development (CCD).
“We are passionate about creating opportunities for our students to demonstrate their entrepreneurial mindset and business acumen; and in turn, add value to any organization,” said Donna Sosnowski, director of CCD. “From our advising model to our programming and our technology, including new AI tools, we work with Babson students from day one to provide the resources they need—whenever they need them—for career success and fulfillment.”
Throughout the year, CCD hosts a number of professional development programs, industry partnerships, and career readiness initiatives that prepare students for professional success and lifelong learning and fulfillment.
Popular among Babson students: immersive, experiential learning programs. Ninety percent of the Class of 2019 completed an internship while at Babson, even though it’s not an academic requirement. The Management Consulting Field Experience (MCFE) program offers students opportunities to gain practical industry experience while working with professionals in the business community. Past MCFE company partners have included Puma, Boston Red Sox, Dunkin’, Baskin Robbins, Staples, Talbots, and Clarkston Consulting.
“Babson’s unique learning model includes countless experiential learning and internship opportunities—enabling students to test-drive business strategies and acquire relevant, real-world experience,” said Ian Lapp, dean of the Undergraduate School. “This results in graduates who are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to make an immediate impact in the workplace and out in the world.”
Externships allow first-year students and sophomores to shadow professionals in action and learn more about a particular industry or function. Through company treks, students visit industry partners in Greater Boston, New York City, London, and more to see and learn about various industries, company cultures, and connect with alumni.
Beyond experiential learning, CCD provides students with in-person and online resources—like VMock, Babson’s custom AI resume and LinkedIn profile review tool—to guide students on their career journeys.
The team also works extensively to bring employers to Babson’s campus to recruit talent, share industry insight, and serve as thought leaders to help continually develop the team’s approach to career preparedness.
*Based on a knowledge rate of 84%.
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