Dear Faculty and Staff,
My very best wishes to you and your families for a happy, healthy and successful 2011.
As you know, a major focus for this year is successful achievement of the implementation plans for the first year goals of the Strategic Plan. I’m happy to report that midway through the fiscal year we are making great progress in many areas across the University. Thank you for taking Pace to greater heights in so many ways.
I’d like to call attention to the success of one area in particular that directly supports our core mission of educating thinking professionals and gives us a competitive advantage over many of our peer institutions: Career Services.
Pace has the largest internship program in the New York City area. More than half of our students have real-world experience in the profession of their choice by the time they graduate, many of them thanks to this program. Those with internships while in school are 60 percent more likely to be employed within six to nine months of graduation than students who did not seize the opportunities this program offers.
If you don’t already subscribe to the Career Services enewsletters, I urge you to do so to better understand how we achieve such good internship and job placement results. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask that your name be added to either the Pleasantville or New York enewsletters or to both. You’ll read profiles of students like Melissa Recine, ’12, a communications major in Pleasantville, who just recently landed her dream internship as a producer for the Rachael Ray show on the Food Network. Or Andrea Panichi, ‘12, a dual Communications and Theatre major in New York, who is currently interning at Warner Music Group. This is an opportunity that could open doors to the perfect job when she graduates.
Internship placements, career counseling, resume writing, and interview practice are just a few of the services offered by our Career Services staff on both campuses. They also host more than 300 employers who visit the campus each year to meet with students at career fairs and other recruiting events.
The potent combination of liberal education and professional knowledge and skills acquired by our students plus access to top employers in virtually every industry sector yields results. Pace graduates in 2010 reported employment rates 10 percent higher than the national average. Despite the fragile economy, nearly 90 percent of Pace graduates who participated in a recent survey are working in positions related to their major. An even better statistic: those who earned a combined BBA/MBA in public accounting have a 100 percent job placement rate. For the second year in a row, Payscale.com ranks Pace graduates’ salaries in the top 30 of the Best Northeast Colleges in the United States by Salary Potential–on par with the nation’s most selective Ivy League Schools.
Jody Queen-Hubert, who has been a staff member in Career Services for the past 26 years and a director for 20 of those years, is retiring from Pace this month. We thank her and her staff for their successful efforts in forging strong relationships with employers throughout New York City and Westchester. We look forward to a successor to Jody who will build on her achievements and make Career Services even larger and more important to our students.
Stephen J. Friedman