2015-16 Career Services Annual Report released

The Princeton University Office of Career Services has published its 2015-16 annual report summarizing the post-graduation career plans of the Class of 2016 including initial employment and higher education destinations. The report also includes information on ways Career Services engages students, office usage statistics and strategic objectives, as well as program highlights. The report also includes the results of the 2016 Summer Experience Survey and data about the types of academic, research and experiential activities Princeton students participate in during the summer months.

"As early as students' first days on campus, Career Services helps them take advantage of all that Princeton has to offer as they discover their values, interests and strengths, and ways they can use these insights to find personally meaningful opportunities, during their time at Princeton and beyond," said Eva Kubu, interim executive director of Career Services at Princeton University. "We're excited to share information on the diverse outcomes of our students as well as examples of many initiatives, like the Tiger Career Community, which support our goal of connecting Princetonians to a wide range of mentors and advocates."

Notable results from the Class of 2016 Post-Graduation Plans Survey:

  • 72.2 percent of the class accepted employment within six months of graduation.

  • 18.8 percent of the class was employed full-time at nonprofit organizations or in service-based roles.

  • The top five industries for full-time employment were: Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (18.9 percent of the class), Finance and Insurance (14.1 percent), Information (6.8 percent), Educational Services (3.3 percent) and Health Care and Social Assistance (3.2 percent).

  • 18.5 percent of the class pursued further education within six months of graduation.

  • 62.4 percent of the class said that they used Career Services resources to help determine their post-graduation plans.

  • 23.4 percent of the class reported using Career Services resources to identify and connect with alumni, and that their advice helped influence their post-graduation plans.

There was a 99.9 percent response rate for the survey.  

Office Activities Statistics

Career Services' mission is to help students define a unique career and life vision, and then connect them in multidimensional, personalized ways to the resources, people, organizations and opportunities that will enable them to make their visions a reality.

During the 2015-16 academic year, Career Services:

  • Conducted 5,781 career advising appointments

  • Partnered with 352 alumni for educational programs, networking events and as Princeternship hosts

  • Heard from seniors that 23.4 percent of them connected with alumni through Career Services and received advice that influenced their post-graduation plans

  • Offered 353 programs and events

  • Hosted employers who conducted nearly 3,300 on-campus interviews for jobs and internships

  • Identified 1,200 new employers based on student preferences

2016 Summer Experience Survey

Internships, jobs and academics provide valuable opportunities for students to explore career-related interests and develop their skills. Each year, Career Services surveys undergraduate students to identify the ways they spent their summer. The following summarizes the responses from 1,704 students from the Classes of 2017, 2018 and 2019, and information from academic departments and employers.

Notable findings from the 2016 Summer Experience Survey include:

  • 72.7 percent of students reported an internship and/or job as their primary summer experience

  • 21.2 percent reported academic study/research as their primary summer experience

  • 25.2 percent reported Career Services as one of the resources that helped them find their summer experience

  • 24 percent reported spending their summer abroad

  • Educational Services was the top industry for students summer experiences

  • The top U.S. destinations were New York City, Princeton, N.J. and Washington, D.C.