How Can I Support My Student?

  1. What employment opportunities are available for Saint Anselm graduates?
  2. What can my son or daughter do with his/her major?
  3. Knowing the tough grading policy, how will my child be able to compete with other students who graduate with higher grade point averages from other schools?
  4. Are internships available?
  5. What percentage of students have jobs by graduation?
  6. What can I do as a parent to help my child succeed?

 

1. What employment opportunities are available for Saint Anselm graduates?
Many corporate studies have shown that an undergraduate degree in the liberal arts is one of the most employable and promotable educational foundations to bring to the job market. The strength of the academic programs offered by the college is well known regionally, and graduates are actively recruited by a wide range of employing organizations. Most Saint Anselm graduates tend to pursue job opportunities with organizations that offer a high degree of public contact and in which they can utilize excellent problem solving, project management, and communication abilities. Many of our graduates pursue jobs in the northeast and can be found working in profit, nonprofit, and governmental agencies. Companies such as Fidelity Investments, State Street Bank, Enterprise Holdings, JVC, Putnam Investments, Massachusetts General Hospital connect with our office and students on an annual basis.

 

2. What can my son or daughter do with his/her major?
The college advises its students to major in subject areas that will interest and challenge them. While vocational goals are a consideration, the college seeks to actively educate the whole student. Students are encouraged to use the services of the Career Development Center, Academic Advisement and their faculty advisor early in their college careers to identify elective course work, extracurricular activities, volunteer experiences, and internships to practically test their career interests. If a graduate can present an integrated background of both academic and practical experiences, he/she will be highly employable regardless of major.

3. Knowing the tough grading policy, how will my child be able to compete with other students who graduate with higher grade point averages from other schools?
Saint Anselm College has a made a serious effort to cap grade inflation. This philosophy reflects our belief in a rigorous academic program based on fairness, equality, and ethics. The college actively promotes and markets these high standards to employers and graduates schools. However, grades are only one factor to consider when evaluating the qualifications of a potential candidate. Once again, it is important that students develop themselves beyond their academic program through practical and leadership experiences. Many of our graduates tend to pursue opportunities with organizations who seek individuals with broad skills and training and place less of an emphasis on grades as an indicator of success in the workplace.

4. Are internships available?
The college offers a wide range of internships in business and industry, human services, and governmental agencies. Students wishing to pursue internships are encouraged to speak with their faculty advisor regarding departmental requirements. The Career Development Center and the Office of Academic Internships maintain information regarding various paid and non-paid experiential options and provide advice to students seeking to identify their interests and choices.

5. What percentage of students have jobs by graduation?
Students who actively seek employment through participation in various on-campus and Job Fair recruitment activities are very successful. Many new graduates seek to defer their job searches based on a variety of other plans including returning to summer jobs, traveling or taking time off while identifying interests and options. Annual surveys of new graduates indicate that 97% of those responding are successfully employed, performing service or are in a graduate or professional school program within six months of graduation.

6. What can I do as a parent to help my child succeed?
Keep the lines of communication open. Be willing to serve as an advisor and facilitator. Be a sounding board for ideas and dreams. Let your student make his/her own decisions. Don't force your child to do what you think he/she should do. Make sure your student is aware of the services available to them on campus and that he/she seeks out these services. Don't wait until senior year to ask your child about future plans. Realize that with the excitement of graduation comes anxiety and fear of starting something new and unknown. Most of all let your child know that you care and that you trust him/her to do what is right.