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Career Success Report 2018-19 (PDF)

 Cohen By The Numbers 2018-19 (PDF)

 Next Destination Report 2018 (PDF) 

Business Outcomes Report 2019 (PDF)

Class of 2018 Undergraduates

89% of the Class of 2018 survey respondents reported they are employed full time or attending graduate school within six months of graduation.

       74% Employed full-time, 5% job seeking, 2% pursuing grad school, 2% working part-time, 15% attending grad school, 2% other (Neither job seeking, going to grad school, nor working)

n=1,558 (surveyed and knowledge rate of 72%, national average of 65%)

The Cohen Career Center's data collection for student career outcomes, reflected in this report, adheres to the standards and guiding principles established by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

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91% of those working reported their career interests aligns very well/somewhat well with their work. 42% of respondents reported participating in at least one internship, externship or research project. 327 graduates responded to this question.

Top Industries
Top Industries Average Income
Accounting $60,500
Banking $77,571
Biomedical $52,466
Communications $29,253
Consulting $65,914
Education $32,176
Financial Services $58,017
Government/Public Administration $47,344
Health Care $39,820
High Tech/Information Technology $70,722
Law $41,638
Military & Defense $55,300
Non-profit $31,858
Top Employers
Employers who hired four or more 2018 undergraduates

Survey respondents report being hired by 418 unique employers. The employers below hired 4 or more class of 2018 graduates.

Top Employers
Accenture IBM
Booz | Allen | Hamilton JP Morgan Chase & Co
Capital One KPMG
CGI National Institutes of Health
City of Williamsburg PWC
CVP Smithfield
Deloitte Wells Fargo
EY William & Mary
Grant Thornton United States Armed Forces
Graduate School Enrollment

15% of the undergraduate class of 2018 matriculated to graduate school attending 107 distinct graduate programs as degree-seeking students.

The most represented schools are:

Graduate School Enrollment
William & Mary 24
University of Virginia 11
Virginia Commonwealth University 8
Columbia University 5
Old Dominion University 4
Eastern Virginia Medical School 3
Georgetown University 3
Harvard University 3
Johns Hopkins  3

Students enrolled in a wide variety of programs, including (but not limited to): Medicine, Accounting, Psychology, Public Policy, Education, Law, Government, Counseling, Physics, Engineering and Public Health. Respondents are pursuing 25 different graduate degree types, including the following: 

Graduate Degree Types students are pursuing
PhD 24
MS 23
JD 22
MEd 18
MD 15
MA 14
MAcc 10
First Destination Geographic Distribution

Derived from respondents who provided their geographic location for employment and graduate school. 

United States: 30 West, 31 Midwest, 135 Northeast, 515 Mid-atlantic, 38 South, 16 Southwest


International: 10 Western Europe, 3 Eastern Europe and Asia. 1 Australasia


Student Engagement

The Cohen Career Center conducted 2,919 individual advising sessions in the 2018-19 academic year, including scheduled appointments and quick advising.

One of the keys to successful career planning is an early start. The Cohen Career Center assists students with programs and opportunities open to all class years, majors and areas of interest. The graphic below illustrates the number of advising contacts (by academic class year) held through the Cohen Career Center during the 2018-19 academic year.

2,919 Total advising contacts, 2,344 Scheduled student appointments, 575 Quick advising sessions

*The total number includes nine additional students enrolled in the University of St Andrews Joint Degree Programme and one non-degree seeking student.

440 Freshman, 570 Sophomores, 690 Juniors, 1,040 Seniors, 62 Graduate Students, 107 Alumni


FUSE (Funding for Unpaid Summer Experience) 

Students were funded for participation in unpaid summer internships, allowing them to gain valuable skills and work experience in a variety of industries.

FUSE (Funding for Unpaid Summer Experience)
Students Funded 33
Awarded more than $70,000

*average award = $2,524

Externship Program

79 students participated in this program which allowed them to shadow professionals and gain exposure to industries of interest. 23 sites participated, offering 25 externship opportunities.

Externship Program
Student participated 79
Sites participated 23
My Active Career Exploration (MACE) 

59 Mace student participationMACE is a 6-week career readiness series led by the Cohen Career Center and offered to first and second year students. This series examines a number of career readiness topics and gets students in the habit of networking and developing career relationships.

Design Your Next Step13 participants

Design Your Next Step is a seven-week series led by the Cohen Career Center and offered to sophomores, juniors and seniors. This series utilizes design thinking as a tool for career development and planning. 

Mock Interviews245 Mock interviews

Students participate in "mock" interviews with advisors, employers or industry volunteers including parents, alumni and community partners.

Workshops 2,625 student attendees, 143 workshops

Workshops are hosted by the Cohen Career Center and are designed to teach students about relevant career development topics including resumes, cover letters, job searching, interviewing, networking and more.

Influencer Postcards 403 Postcards sent to faculty and staff

All faculty and staff on campus play a major role in supporting students' career success. Members of the class of 2018 identified 403 different W&M faculty and staff members as being "Most influential to their William & Mary education." Each year the Cohen Career Center recognizes these individual with a postcard highlighting this distinction, celebrating the partnership for the career success of our students!

 Recruiting Engagement

785 Total employer/grad school engagements          7,997 Total student face-to-face engagements

*Numbers represent all touchpoints between recruiters and students, not unique values. Total includes fairs, information sessions, interview days, OCR employers, externship sites and employer mock interviews. 

Annual Recruitment Events
Annual Recruitment Events
Information Sessions

1,401 attendees, 127 sessions

Fall Diversity Brunch 2018

106 students, 19 employers

Graduate & Professional School Fair 2018

148 students, 79 programs

New York Recruiting Consortium 2019

4 students, 22 employers

Fall Recruiting Consortium 2018

11 students, 16 employers

K12 Education Interview Day 2019

67 students, 42 employers

Nonprofit, Government & Education Career Fair

38 students, 105 employers

Career Fairs

Fall 2018: 998 students, 85 employers

Spring 2019: 578 students, 67 employers

On-Campus Recruiting

Every semester employers come to campus to interview W&M students for jobs and internships. All majors are recruited and a variety of employers are represented. 

On-campus recruiting schedules: 105 | Interviews conducted: 977

TribeCareers886 Employers, 2720 Job postings, 8506 Student applications

TribeCareers is the hub for job and internship postings for William & Mary students. Our Employer Development team works hard to introduce students to a wide variety of opportunities throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation and the world. 

Cohen Off-Campus

Each year the Cohen Career Center hosts a number of trips where students from any academic background can attend site visits and gain in-depth industry exposure.

Cohen Off Campus: W&M Wall Street Program (NYC), DC Winter Site Visit (dc), Science Roadtrip (Richmond), Creative Industries Immersion (NYC), Global Film Festival