Outcomes Success Stories Get Early Start for Class of 2016

April 26, 2016


Walk through our dining commons this time of year and you’ll find that the always-lively atmosphere is punctuated by more than a few shrieks of joy and enthusiastic high fives accompanied by the mention of places such as Goldman Sachs, Google, Notre Dame, Mass General Hospital and Teach For America.

At this point, our seniors have a good sense of what they want to do with their degree, and we have a strong track record of helping them achieve those goals, often before they graduate.

By the time they walk off the stage with their diploma, most will have secured a job, graduate school placement or a position in a year-of-service program. Others will reward themselves with a little time off during the summer, but within a year 98 percent of them will be settled into the next step on their professional journey. For those launching their career, data suggest they can expect to earn a good salary. The new federal College Scorecard reports that the average early-career salary of a Stonehill graduate is 71 percent above the national average.

“Stonehill students are extremely professional and have great academic backgrounds and experiences that set them apart,” says David Hubble, a recruiter for Nestle Waters, who often turns to Stonehill to fill open positions.

Such feedback stems from a time-tested formula that combines rigorous academics, enriching service opportunities and an advising program that ensures every student has the knowledge and experiences necessary to find success no matter how they define it.

“We weave professional development into all of our student interactions — helping them to articulate their own individual strengths and experiences,” says Andrew Leahy, associate director of Career Services. “Employers, graduate schools and service organizations are consistently impressed by the readiness and professionalism of Stonehill students.”

In addition to more than 2,500 jobs being posted in Stonehill’s career database, the College this year had dozens of recruiters on campus for career events and helped connect students with a network of alumni committed to helping new graduates enjoy the same success they have.

Take a look at some of the comments we’ve received from seniors who have secured jobs, graduate school placement or a service post before they’ve even taken final exams.


ACCOUNTING

Kate Morneault

Ernst & Young, tax staff

“Most of my accounting professors have had years in the professional world so it is great that they can discuss their true-life experiences in the field with us. Through all of the opportunities and support that Stonehill has provided, I have been able to overcome challenges and continuously grow into the best version of myself.”

Berger Chery

PricewaterhouseCoopers, assurance associate

“The education I received at Stonehill has prepared me to succeed in the corporate world. The two strong internships I had in my field allowed me to apply the materials I learned in class to real-world situations. I had the pleasure of working with some of the most wonderful professors and career counselors at Stonehill, who took genuine interest in my study and ensured that I achieved my goal.”


 


Biology

Rachel Webber

University of New England College of Pharmacy, pharmacy doctorate program

“Working closely with my advisor and other professors allowed me to make sure I was on track each year and make sure I had all of the necessary prerequisites for pharmacy school. The professors here at Stonehill really want students to learn and understand the material and the small class sizes allow students and professors to get to know each other.”

Lindsey Rogers

University of Rhode Island, doctorate of physical therapy

“I have been in love with biology since high school but my love for learning extended far beyond science. Stonehill, with its liberal arts program, allowed me to explore widely while still allowing me to focus on what I love. I truly believe that it is through my time taking classes that were not required for my major and engaging in Stonehill's unique community service opportunities that I have matured into a well-rounded individual, with a love and understanding of others that I otherwise would not have.”


 


Computer Science/Economics

Matthew Messier

Fidelity, software engineer

“Internships, internships, internships. Real experience in your field, or even the knowledge of what you do not want to do, is extremely valuable. Seek out Career Services from day one.”


 


Finance

Connor Andersen

Thermo Fisher Scientific, finance leadership development program

“I interned at Yale New Haven Health System between my sophomore and junior year in the Financial Planning and Budgeting Department. After that great exposure I took my experience to Thermo Fisher Scientific as a finance intern. This lead to my full-time position at Thermo Fisher beginning July.”


 


Healthcare Administration

Michael Ellis

Athenahealth, healthcare transactions associate

“I attribute much of my success to a strong alumni network that brought me to Tufts Medical Center, and to a supportive Career Services team that encouraged me to take risks as a freshman looking to expand my interests. Most notably, I attribute my success to securing mentors who have sought to develop me both personally and professionally.”


 


Mathematics/Psychology

Julia Afeltra

MITRE Corp., software engineer

“The flexibility in classes that Stonehill offers allowed me to have a double major in two different areas of study. Having a combination of majors allowed me to develop different types of skills and approach problems from unique vantage points, which I believe is a skill that will help me in any future job I may have.”


 


Marketing

Julian (Reese) Bomberger

Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest, year-of-service program

“As a member of our Student Alumni Association I saw the true power of the Stonehill alumni network and their dedication to give back to current students. After my year of service, I am interested in combining my passion for business and social responsibility into my future endeavors. I would never have been able to discover these passions or possibilities without my Stonehill experience.”


 


Psychology/Interdisciplinary Studies

Ryann Graves

Colorado Technical University, admissions support counselor

“The faculty test your limits but there was never a class in which I was allowed to fail. In learning to work with and trust my faculty, they learned to work with and trust me, which is something I think is amazing. Professors and staff at Stonehill want you to succeed ... And if you let them, they will help you do so.”


 


Spanish/International Business

Theresa Ruszczyk

WinterWyman, staffing associate

“I've had three internships throughout my time here, and my most recent one lead to a job offer. Stonehill really encourages students to do more than just learn in the classroom. I am thankful that the culture at Stonehill pushed me to be involved in a multitude of on-campus activities, study abroad and pursue internships. I am thankful that my well-rounded experience led to such a great post-graduation opportunity at a company I love. ”


Class of 2016 Employers

  Employers    
  Alexander Aronson Finning CPAs athenahealth Inc. BDO USA LLP
  Blum Shapiro Brockton Public Schools CBIZ
  Colorado Technical University Deloitte Massachusetts Department of Children and Families
  DF Friel, CPA DigitasLBi Ernst & Young
  EMC Fairfax County (Va.) Police Department Fidelity
  General Dynamics  Goldman Sachs Granite Communications
  Greenheart Travel Investors Bank & Trust Kirkland, Albrecht & Fredrickson, P.C.
  MarVista Entertainment RSM US LLP   Medical Information Technology Inc. (MEDITECH)
  Motorcycles of Manchester South Mountain Lake Academy Ocean State Job Lot
  O'Connor & Drew PricewaterhouseCoopers QuickPivot
  Resilient Systems Rhode Island Hospital Security Source
  Silicon Valley Bank Smithers Viscient Connecticut Department of Public Health
  Mass. State Rep. Shawn Dooley State Street StoryBrook Homes
  The Walker School W.B. Mason Wayside Youth and Family Support Network
  WinterWyman Wisialko CPAs Yale-New Haven Hospital

Class of 2016 Graduate Schools

  Graduate Schools    
  Albany Medical College Alliant International University Assumption College
  Boston College Law School Boston University Boston University, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
  Bridgewater State University Brown University Colorado State University
  Loyola University Maryland Massachusetts General Hospital Institue of Health Professions Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University
  Merrimack College Montana State University Northeastern University
  University of Notre Dame ESTEEM Program Pennsylvania State School of Law Quinnipiac University
  Regis College Simmons College Simmons College, School of Social Work
  Suffolk University Law School University of Notre Dame University of Hartford
  University of New England University of New England College of Dental Medicine University of Oregon
  University of Rhode Island University of West Virginia William & Mary Law School

Class of 2016 Service Organizations

  Service Organizations    
  Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry Jesuit Volunteer Corps Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest
  Lutheran Volunteer Corps Merrimack College Peace Corps 
  Providence Alliance for Catholic Teachers Stonehill Service Corps Teach For America