WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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94 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 5 Employment Outcomes for Recent College Graduates by Major, 2009-11 Percentage unemployed Percentage in jobs where a bachelor's degree is required Percentage in jobs where a bachelor's degree is not required Landing that Elusive First Job Rising above statistics Economic and employment conditions are beyond the control of any job seeker, includ- ing the recent college grad. Nonetheless, smart choices can make a big difference. Pursuing majors that tend to lead to gainful employ- ment and pursuing savvy job-search tactics help millennials buck the trends. For thirteen fields of university study tracked by the US Department of Labor, unemployment rates of graduates ranged in the single digits only, and reflect the impact of variable individual perse- verance, as well as employment conditions. Many college graduates seeking their first jobs, including the five profiled on the follow- ing pages, are beating the odds. Read how hard work, tenacity, resourcefulness, network- ing, and heavy doses of optimism and humor contributed to their job search success. > 20 Engineering Education Health Math & Computers Architecture & Construction Sciences Social Sciences Business Liberal Arts Communications Technologies Agriculture & Natural Resources Leisure & Hospitality 75 5 22 75 4 22 75 3 29 65 6 32 60 8 43 51 6 48 45 7 50 44 6 52 40 8 54 40 6 55 38 6 57 38 5 63 33 4 SOURCES: US Census Bureau, American Community Survey; US Department of Labor, O*NET. NOTES: Recent college graduates are those aged 22 to 27 with a bachelor's degree or higher. All figures exclude those currently enrolled in school. Because of rounding,figures in each bar may not sum to 100.

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