The Ivy Coach Daily

March 14, 2024

Colby College’s Career Center Helps Grads Find Employment

Colby College has a knack for finding its graduates employment.

Previously Published on November 15, 2020:

Colby College wants its graduates to find work. Yet, so too do all of America’s highly selective colleges. But the Waterville, Maine-based institution doesn’t just talk the talk. Colby walks the walk. Through their Pay It Northward Initiative, which began in 2020 at the height of the pandemic, the school pledged to find a job, internship, or fellowship for every graduating senior within 90 days of commencement. The school was able to make this pledge largely by tapping into its extensive alumni network. And, in the nearly four years since, it seems Colby has largely kept its word.

Colby’s Pay It Northward Initiative Helps Grads Find Work

As Kathryn Dill reported in 2020 for The Wall Street Journal in a piece about Colby’s career network, “Almost 700 alumni, parents, and friends of the college came forward after Colby put out its initial request in May, highlighting existing internships and job openings as well as many opportunities they had created specifically for this year’s graduates. Colby President David A. Greene says in a typical year, about 95% of members of the roughly 500-member graduating class have a job or internship or are headed to grad school by about six months after graduation. Currently, roughly 10% of Colby’s 2020 grads are still looking for their first opportunity.”

Colby Has Largely Kept Its Word Through ’Pay It Northward’

And has Colby kept its word? Are they securing jobs for all of their graduates? It sure seems so — or close to it! According to Pay It Northward, 1,000+ employers recruit with the Initiative, and 93% of the graduates of the Class of 2022 were either employed or enrolled in graduate school after graduation (keeping in mind that some students may very well have turned down the opportunities the Initiative found them).

We would, however, like to see the employment data for graduating seniors from Colby’s Class of 2023. As such, we encourage Pay It Northward to publish the statistics on their site.

Other Colleges Should Heed Colby’s Example

We at Ivy Coach salute Colby College for all its efforts in connecting the school’s graduates with employment opportunities. For recent college graduates, there is no resource like the extensive alumni base of a college when seeking out initial employment opportunities.

Colby’s Pay It Northward initiative is a call to action to its alumni to help students secure their first real work experience. And if Colby, one of our nation’s elite liberal arts colleges, can do it, it means that other colleges and universities, especially those with even bigger alumni networks, can do it, too.

So, may universities across the land heed Colby’s tremendous example. May they energize their alums to help out newly minted graduates. May they help their graduates pay it forward.

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