Is college worth it?
In its Job Outlook 2012 survey, the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that some of the most sought-after employee abilities - like the ability to work in a team setting, the ability to present effectively and the ability to communicate well with others - match up with the 8 Core Abilities you'll learn here at Alverno.
Take a look at this chart from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to their study, higher education - whether it's a bachelor's degree, or a Master's or higher - pays off with higher pay and lower unemployment rates:
Once you earn that degree, what kind of career can you expect? Or, as a grouchy grandfather of one of our recent grads was once heard to grumble, "What kind of a career can you expect to get from a women’s college that doesn’t give letter grades?"
The answer: Whatever career you can think of. Part of the promise of investing in yourself at Alverno College is the ability to find a job in your field - a promise Alverno delivers on. In fact, every year we survey our graduates and are proud to report that 94%* found jobs within 6 months of graduation. 84% of those were employed in jobs directly related to their major. Compare that to a national average of 51%** and you’ll see that investing in yourself at Alverno pays.
How do these careers sound?
- Award-winning Author
- Chief Officer, Office of Nursing Services, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- Chief of the City of Madison Fire Department
- Director of Finance and Administration-Betty Brinn Museum
- Executive Director- Milwaukee Brewers Community Foundation
- Coordinator of Global Communications at Caterpillar
- New Product Brand Manager, S.C. Johnson
- Radiation Biophysicist at Massachusetts General Hospital
- Senior Manager of Insights, Innovation Strategy and Trends at Del Monte Foods
- Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Assurant Health
- Senior Vice President - Philanthropy & Communication Strategy, YMCA
As you might have guessed, all of these positions have been held by Alverno graduates.
*Rolling 3 year average. +4% margin for error.**Chasing the American Dream: Recent College Graduates and the Great Recession. John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development