It's been great to see all of the visitors to our admissions office this week. Many families are hustling to fit in their college visits before senior year gets underway.
As the costs of college becomes one of the primary concerns of students and parents, the "return on investment" has become an commonly used term in the admissions process.
A recent article from Inside Higher Ed, reports on a new feature added to the career connection site LinkedIn. It is called a "field of study explorer". The article also mentions other resources such as Burning Glass, Noodle.com and College Measures who offer analytics on employment and college majors. Of course, no on line tool can substitute for a school visit and discussion with a career services dean, but this is an interesting addition to explore for students during the college search process.
Career Services Dean Jill Ferrall explains how she works with this tool as part of advising for Quinnipiac students.
"LinkedIn is one of my favorite go to sites for connecting students with alumni and for getting a sense for where graduates landed in a particular position, industry, location, etc. based on their major.
My recommendation is to log onto www.LinkedIn.com and do an advanced people search. Put in Quinnipiac as the school and put in the location and major of interest and see where that takes you. It’s interesting to see where people started out, where they interned and where their careers went from there! "
It is important to gain knowledge about the potential employment picture before choosing a college major. But it is also important to keep in mind that even Political Science majors like myself as well as many other liberal arts majors have been able to utilize the skill sets that they develop as a part of their education to create a rewarding career.
Quinnipiac's combination of arts and sciences and foundational major coursework fully prepares our students to be successful in whatever career path they choose.
We look forward to seeing everyone this fall at our Open Houses and Information sessions.