First Destinations - Class of 2015


In compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act (2008), the Career Development Center annually collects post-graduate data from the most recently graduated class. Below is a summary of findings.


Data was ultimately collected from 74% of the Class of 2015. Four sources were used to collect first destination information: 

Email Outreach: Mass email outreach was administered beginning August 2015, and again in September 2015. Beginning November 2015, individualized email outreach was conducted by Career Counselors with whom the respondent most recently had interacted with. 

Phone Outreach: Beginning December 2015  through January 2016, phone calls were placed with the assistance of student workers. 

LinkedIn: For those who did not respond to email or phone outreach, internet searches were conducted using the professional networking platform, LinkedIn, as approved by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. 

Advance Database: For those who did not respond to email or phone outreach, and did not have an active LinkedIn profile, information was researched using the Skidmore database Advance, extrapolating information from the Biographical Record updated by the Division of Advancement.  

Full Time Employment:

77% of respondents from the Class of 2015 
have elected to enter the workforce. 

 "Take advantage of all that Skidmore has to offer. Take classes in different fields, join clubs, lead something, start something. Regarding career, it doesn't  have to be hard if you start early: think about what you're interested in, make a plan, take advantage of the resources available." 
- Kojo Amarteyfio '15, Economics, Investment Banking Analyst, Barclays
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Graduates of the Class of 2015 who reported launching their post-graduate search 6 or more months prior to graduation reported a mode salary of $50,000. 

Employers Selected by the Class of 2015 Include: 
Barclay's, BNP Paribas, Boston University Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Brown Brothers Harriman, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Deutsche Bank,
Dreamworks Animation, Environmental Defense Fund, EY, Fidelity Investments, Harvard Business School, McGraw Hill Financial, Mount Sinai Medical School, Museum of Natural History, New York Presbyterian Hospital, NYU Langone Medical Center, Ogilvy & Mather, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, Penguin Random House, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ralph Lauren, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, UCETAM Spanish Ministry of Education, and Vogue. 

"After I graduated, I worked for 5 months at a literary PR firm as an Assistant Publicist. I did not enjoy my time there, as it was too corporate for me and I did not find it interesting or rewarding. The environment was also not what I was looking for in a workplace.  

Two weeks ago I started my new job (directly from my previous job - no break! ) and I absolutely love it. I love having the chance to be creative and work in a creative environment, and because I am not confined to a desk or cubicle all day.

I'm very happy at my new job and am very curious about the interior design industry. I know now that I definitely want to stay in a creative industry and that I am not interested in book publishing - I am still keeping an open mind about magazines, however. I'm also entertaining the idea of taking night classes and getting some sort of interior design certification."

- Sophia Babun '15, English, Interior Design Assistant, Forehand + Lake
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Percentage in Each Industry
"Skidmore made learning fun. Now I’ve never been working harder, or felt more satisfied. Every day I wake up with the opportunity to keep learning at my job and outside of work. 

I didn’t think I would end up where I am now, but while doing my senior thesis I realized I love building software, and that I want to make products people never imagined they could play with." 

- Matthew Barth '15, Economics, Associate Software Engineer, Odd Networks
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Continuing Education:

15% reported continuing education immediately after graduation. 


Of those Continuing Education immediately after graduation, 91% responded as Satisfied or Very Satisfied with their post-graduate status. 

"Things seemed to fall into place as we had once planned. I am fulfilling the Pre-Med requirements while learning more about the field through my full-time job. I remember that when we talked about the plan of working while studying you mentioned that working in a job related to my career would help me to stay motivated and focused on my goals. And that is exactly how I feel; most of my co-workers are inspiring doctors and some are doctors.
Thanks to your continuous advice and support, I am where I am today.  I will be applying to medical school in two more years...with your help, I will get there slowly but surely."

- Jan Garcia '15, Neuroscience, Project Coordinator, Bellevue Hospital
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Fields Selected by the Class of 2015 Include: 
Accounting, Architectural Acoustics, Biochemistry, Biostatistics, Clinical Psychology, Education, Electronic Arts, Engineering, Environment and Resource Management, Finance, Human Rights, Law, Neuroscience, Nursing, Organic Chemistry, Social Work, and Veterinary Medicine. 

Experiential Education


Respondents who reported completing at least one internship prior to graduation. 


Respondents who reported Full-Time Employment completed at least one internship prior to graduation. 

"Interning at Adhikaar has been a great experience. I got to learn a lot about the issues that the Nepali community people face. Working with such supportive and great people made my experience extraordinary. I received a job offer as a Program Assistant from Adhikaar. I am very grateful to Skidmore for providing me the Summer Funded Internship Award. Due to this internship I was able to secure a full-time position."
- Maya Gurung '15, International Affairs
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Location & Satisfaction

9% Living Internationally

Countries reported for Full-Time Employment or Continuing Education include: Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Georgia, Italy, Jamaica, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Scotland, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.



73% of respondents reported satisfaction with their current occupation. 

"I just got back from what was an incredible adventure working on a fishing boat in Alaska this summer. I learned a lot and met some amazing folks up there including some guys from the TV show 'The Deadliest Catch!' After that, I spent some quality West Coast time conducting in-person informational interviews in San Francisco, visiting Lake Tahoe and Yosemite, and attending Burning Man in Nevada! Now, I'm headed off on my next adventure working on a chocolate farm in Bali! 

After all the informational interviews, networking, and career events that I did, by far my favorite lesson that I learned was to always "do what you love, and love what you do". I want to thank you again for all of the incredible work that you do! I have no doubt that the lessons that you taught me at the Career Development Center will continue to guide me in my future pursuits."   

- Luke Weber '15, Psychology 
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76% of respondents rated their current occupation as "Somewhat Related" or "Very Related" to their area of study, and 79% rated their current status as related to their career goals. 

"The Career Development Center was a big help to me. I still remember coming in with a broken resume and feeling totally lost. By fostering my curiosity through multiple internships in finance and tech (both in Saratoga) you guys seriously pushed me up onto my feet. I am forever grateful. Please keep helping students like me find the same kind of opportunities I had. Hopefully in the future I can become a resource for the next generation!"
- Matthew Barth '15, Economics, Associate Software Engineer, Odd Networks 
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