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97 Percent of Recent Curry Graduates are Employed, in Graduate School
April 07, 2020


Academics | Alumni Outcomes | Student Success

Ninety-seven percent of Curry College’s undergraduate Class of 2018 are employed, continuing their education, or active in volunteer or military service roles, according to new data collected by the College. The new careers place graduates across the country. Still, they concentrate in New England with positions at top companies including Dunkin Brands, the Boston Red Sox, Massachusetts General Hospital, State Street, and the Boston Police Department.

The new job placement statistics are collected by Curry’s Center for Career Development (CCD), which follows survey and reporting guidelines provided by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). For 2018, data was collected for 395 of the 420 members of the class. The responses represent 94 percent of Class of 2018 graduates, roughly a third higher than the national average for institutional knowledge rate percentage as reported by NACE.

“Curry’s experiential learning programming coupled with our liberal-arts curriculum, is firmly designed to ensure our graduates are entering the workforce career-ready,” says Michael Bosco, assistant vice president of Academic Affairs. “With our new job placement data, it is clear that employers also recognize the value that our graduates bring to the workforce. Given the uncertainty of the current job market, it is reassuring to know our most recent graduates have been so successful – they will be able to help our current graduating class get a foot in the door.”

Continuing Study

Many graduates are continuing their education at prestigious institutions, including medical and law school. Politics and History Major Jalen Campbell recently published independent research on the legislation implications of political gridlock in an academic journal. He plans to begin new research in his pursuit of a Ph.D. in American Politics and is considering Boston College, Syracuse University, or Temple University. Class of 2018 alumni are also in graduate programs at Boston University, Northeastern University, Suffolk University, University of Chicago, and the University of New Hampshire.

Leading as Educators

Some 2018 graduates are also working as educators in more than two dozen area public and private schools with roles that run the gamut from preschool teacher to adjunct faculty. Emma Adams is a special education teacher for Pre-K through third grade at the Lawrence Family Development Charter School. Before her current role, Adams worked for six months abroad in Thailand, where she helped establish a special education curriculum for the Sunflower Trilingual School. The curriculum is the first of its kind for a public school in Thailand. 

Excelling in Health & Science Careers 

In healthcare and life sciences, 2018 graduates are now working in diverse roles that include registered nurse, EMT, physician’s assistant, pharmacy technician, and chemist. They’ve landed positions at sites that include Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Karyopham Therapeutics, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Angelo Hardaway joined Charles River Laboratories, a leader in laboratory services for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, as an associate scientist immediately upon graduating. In 2018, 97 percent of the School of Nursing class passed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) on their first attempt.

Award-Winning News Journalists & Editors 

In the mass media industry, our 2018 graduates are working as award-winning journalists. As a Sports and Education Editor for The Sealy News in East Texas, Cole McNanna was recently recognized in the Annual Texas Better Newspaper competition on top of being named Sports Writer of the Year by the Texas Girls Coach Association. In New York, WENY Morning Anchor Vanessa Rizzitano was awarded the Student Emmy Award for a Non-Fiction package and was also recognized as a National Finalist for the Video Sports Segment category selected by the National Broadcasting Society. Other 2018 graduates working in news and editorial roles include media outlets such as WPRI Media, Manufacturing Today Magazine, and Bolderbeat.

Success in the Business World 

In the corporate work world, 2018 graduates are also employed with industry leaders that include Hasbro, Anheuser-Busch, the Boston Red Sox, Comcast, and Fidelity Investments. The roles vary from business development and sales to accounting, human resources, marketing, and investment management. The Class of 2018 also includes many business owners and entrepreneurs. Matthew Army founded a multimedia event company, NIMIC Media, while James Hytner helps clients with content marketing with his company Goose Lodge Writing Services. 

Career-Ready Graduates  

The early success of the Class of 2018 can be credited in part to Curry’s commitment to preparing students for successful careers. To help students make an informed and meaningful career decision, the CCD provides a unique four-year career development model. It guides students at each level of the career exploration process, from assessing skills and interests to partnering with alumni to secure valuable internships and jobs. For many 2018 graduates, the CCD’s Curry Connect online job and internship database served as a valuable resource, among other tools and services. Moreover, more than 110 employers attend the Curry College Career Fair each spring to recruit new graduates to join their workforce.

 “We are on the cusp of one of the most challenging and competitive job markets we have ever seen. Fortunately, our faculty, internship advisors, and career development staff have the knowledge and resources to ensure our current students launch their careers as successful as their predecessors,” says Kerrie Aborn, Director of the Center for Career Development. “We could not be prouder of our newest class of graduates. They will serve as a model for years to come.”