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professional and lifelong value

Norton, Massachusetts

SUCCESS RATE Six months after graduation, Wheaton graduates are finding many ways to spell success—some earning more than $100,000, others engaged in volunteer service or enrolled in top graduate or professional schools.




Graduate or professional school


97% 96%

Volunteer and national service (AmeriCorps, City Year, etc)

Success Rate Success Rate


Fellowships: Fulbright (15), Watson (4), Other (2)



Data based on a knowledge rate of 76 percent for the classes of 2014 and 2015

John C. Ahern ’10 Major: Environmental Science Other degrees: Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Maine Current job: Material Design Engineer, Mölnlycke Health Care

THE WHEATON EDGE People learn by doing. That’s why Wheaton promises that every student will receive funding to participate in an internship, research position or other experiential learning opportunity before senior year. We call this guarantee the “Wheaton Edge,” and it’s backed by an annual college investment of more than $1.2 million. It’s also supported by our faculty and staff at the Filene Center, who work with students from their first day on campus to help them find and make the most out of these experiences.

A liberal arts education has allowed me to understand issues and solve problems from different perspectives. Having a multidisciplinary background has been important to my success as a researcher and to communicate my ideas.

getting to success Whether they come to campus with a career goal in mind or an array of exciting paths to consider, Wheaton students leave campus with the skills and the confidence to succeed, not just in reaching a destination but in every step along the way.

WHAT MAKES A WHEATON EDUCATION SO VALUABLE? It starts with rigorous academics—field-specific as well as interdisciplinary courses taught by professors who encourage their students to ask questions, engage and collaborate. It reaches beyond the classroom into the world of work where students learn by doing and gain experience and self-awareness. It’s not a one-size-fits-all education, but one that is tailored to each individual student. Wheaton is an institution and a network of people who are dedicated to finding and building on a person’s strengths, encouraging their exploration and helping to launch successful careers.

making connections We value connections across disciplines so much that we gave them a capital C. Through our course Connections program, designed and supported by our faculty, students discover how science and architecture, technology and philosophy, and many other subjects intersect. It’s a program that brings environmental science and international relations majors together to solve global problems. It’s an approach to learning that inspired a chemistry major to apply mathematical models to the plays of Shakespeare— not for a grade but because she was curious. Students carry this eye for interconnectedness into the working world, where their broad knowledge base makes them stand out during internships, volunteer opportunities and jobs. From the beginning of their college careers, they’re encouraged to think about how one step leads to another. They learn early on how to draw on their interests and talents to tap into the more than $1.2 million we invest each year in funding internship and research experiences. The evidence: Our students have won more than 200 of the most competitive national scholarships since 2000. They develop the ability to travel their own unique career paths. It’s the religion major who works in banking. The anthropology majors who go on to medical school. The economics major who founds an international nonprofit. Wheaton students develop the skills to go where their interests lead them.

FIRST JOBS FOR CLASS OF 2015 A sampling from Wheaton College’s six-month outcomes survey.

Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP

General Dynamics

Litigation Paralegal

Software Engineer

Boston Children’s Hospital

Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan Football Club

Veterinary Assistant

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Soccer Player

Software Engineer

Staff Reporter

Harlem Grown

Small Batch Books

Brown Brothers Harriman

Farm Manager and Educator

Editorial Assistant


HolyCraft Brewing Company


Vice President

State Street Bank and Trust

Hyde School

Financial Service Specialist

Assistant Dean of Students

Tufts Health Plan

Maine State Library

Talent Acquisition Coordinator

Digitization Assistant


Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Account Manager

Clinical Research Technologist

Camillus Health Concern Case Manager

Charleston Police Department Patrolman

Colgate Palmolive Chemist

EF Education First Admissions Coordinator

ENCORE Academy Second Grade Teacher

Fidelity Investments Client Service Associate

Friends School, Tokyo Instructor of Conversational English

Claudia D’Adamo ’13 Major(s): Computer Science, Psychology Current job: Software Engineer, Compete Inc./Millward Brown Digital

North Country Veterinary Clinic Raytheon

Appraisal Assistant

Community Arts Initiative Liaison

Wall Street Preparatory Academy

NBC Universal Inc.

Marketing Assistant


Yale School of Medicine

New York City Department of Consumer Affairs

Research Assistant

Outreach Coordinator

Zaatrai Syrian Refugee Camp

New York State Senate

Economic Analyst

Director of Communications

Working in software development, I’m solving problems constantly, and Wheaton gave me special insight and approaches to problem solving. The Connections program and cross-departmental events pushed me to think bigger. Relationships outside my majors made me focus on explaining my thoughts and ideas to people from different backgrounds.

the filene center Wheaton has a proud tradition of promoting real-world experience. Our Filene Center for Academic Advising and Career Services was founded nearly 30 years ago on that idea: that students should learn from the work they do. Today, the Filene Center continues to operate on that foundation. Supported by the increasing generosity of the Wheaton community, the center offers a broad range of programs and funding opportunities to help each individual student connect academic interests to career goals. Filene Center advisers don’t just help students find and land internships; they help them understand why these experiences are important and how to build on them to prepare for a future career. Faculty members work closely with the Filene Center to help students connect academics with the working world. Together, faculty and staff act as translators, helping students link the skills they’ve gained in their academic work to the skills that employers are seeking. New tools and technologies are being introduced every day, and the shape of the professional network is changing. The Filene Center staff works closely with every student but also with all the individuals who make up the Wheaton career community—alumnae/i, parents, faculty, staff, employers and more. The center is a hub of connectivity, giving students the skills to continue building their networks long after graduation.

ADVANCED EDUCATION More than 50 percent of Wheaton students enroll in graduate school within five years of graduation. The top 10 programs, ranked by attendance since 2005:

About 17 percent of the classes of 2014 and 2015 are pursuing graduate or professional degrees. The schools they are attending include:

Harvard University (125)

Aarhus University (Denmark)

Boston University (88)

Boston University

Simmons College (68)

Butler University

Northeastern University Law (67)

Duke University Medical

Lesley University (59)

George Mason University

Boston College (54)

University of Edinburgh (Scotland)

Harvard Divinity School

Tufts University (53)

University of Maine

Harvard University

New York University (51)

University of Michigan

Karolinksa Institute (Sweden)

University of Massachusetts Boston (44)

University of Sydney (Australia)

Lesley University

University of Toronto (Canada)

University of New England (31)

Middlebury College New England School of Law New York University Northwestern University Simmons College Smith College Sotheby’s Institute of Art

Florida State University

Maryland Institute Massachusetts College of Pharmacy

Southern Connecticut State University Suffolk University Tufts University Tulane University

Caitlin Grant ’09 Major: Economics Other degrees: M.B.A., Concentration in Data Analytics, Bentley University Current job: Manager, Corporate Strategy at PTC

At Wheaton, I was drawn to economics and art history courses that stressed deep analysis of seemingly unrelated information to draw conclusions. I loved assignments that pushed me to further my analysis, to reach a deeper level of insight. To this day, I look for projects and roles that challenge me to think this way.


Annually, the college invests more than $1.2 million in student internship and research stipends.

career planning The Filene Center offers numerous programs throughout the academic year, along with day-to-day support. They run the gamut from workshops that focus on resumé and cover letter writing, interviewing and other job-search skills to offerings that help students understand and connect to the possibilities that are open to them.

• career conversations

Every fall, students are invited to join about 50 alumnae/i from many of the most popular industries—development and philanthropy, marketing and advertising, business and finance, publishing and more—for informal conversations on what it takes to succeed in those fields and how to leverage their education to land a job.

• internship showcase

All students who received college funding for internship experiences the previous summer present their experiences at the Showcase, held in the fall. The event gives students an opportunity to develop and deliver an elevator pitch, summarizing their experience for other students, faculty and staff. And it inspires other students to imagine the possibilities for their own internship and research experiences.

• sophomore symposium

Organized by a committee of staff and students, the Sophomore Symposium is a day full of career-focused workshops and discussions with alumnae/i geared toward students in their second year. Topics have included academic planning, study abroad, community activism, graduate school options, and industry-specific sessions from finance and publishing to arts management and medicine.

• major connections

Several times a year, the Filene Center teams up with faculty to invite alumnae/i from a particular discipline to campus for a panel discussion. This program, which has been going on for 25 years, illustrates what you can do with a degree in English, computer science and dozens of other disciplines.

• sweats to suits

Sweats to Suits, held every spring, helps seniors prepare for the job search and life after graduation. Professionals come to campus to share tips on dressing for success, networking, social media, personal finance, interviewing and other topics. For some students, the program has led directly to jobs through professional connections made at this event.

Lisa Gavigan ’83 Director of Career Services at the Filene Center M.A., Harvard University A.B., Wheaton College Thomas J. Watson Fellow, 1983 Former CEO and owner of Rapport International Foreign Language Translation


Ryan Scott Sermon ’11 Major: Sociology Other degrees: M.A. in Higher Education and Certificate in College Teaching, University of Arizona

Wheaton puts myriad career exploration and development opportunities in reach for students. At the career center, our mission is to help students identify and connect their academic interests to career goals, recognize the opportunities that we can offer and prepare to take advantage of the possibilities. We do all of this through year-round programming, alumnae/i mentorship and personalized, one-on-one counseling.

The Filene Center for Academic Advising and Career Services was great at assisting me with writing cover letters for jobs and mock interviews. The literature says that not enough students prepare for interviews, but I feel that the Career Services team helped me be exceptionally prepared for the interview.

Current job: Academic Advisor, Pima Community College; Student Success Advocate, Graduation Alliance

career network • employer relations

Our employer relations manager creates opportunities for students by building partnerships with alumnae/i and employers in the area. Students meet with employers at the center, and they attend recruiting sessions and career fairs both on- and off-campus.

• career partners

The Filene Center has a network of more than 700 career partners around the world, alumnae/i, parents and friends of the college who are willing to mentor Wheaton students. They serve as field experts, meeting with students for informational interviews and coaching students about hiring trends and the skills that will help them compete in the job market. Other partners sponsor internships for qualified Wheaton students, at companies such as City Year, Fidelity, HBO, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital.

EMPLOYERS RECRUITING WHEATON STUDENTS A sampling of companies and organizations that visit campus to recruit for jobs and internships. AFLAC

Groden Center

New Hope

Alzheimer’s Association

Hollister Staffing

New York Life

American Income Life

Peace Corps

Attleboro Arts Museum

Horizons for Homeless Children

Bowdoin Group

Justice Resource Institute

Smithers Viscient

Brown Brothers Harriman

Kennedy-Donovan Center

Children’s Museum of Easton

Liberty Mutual

SouthCoast Energy Challenge


Live Nation

State Street

City Year


Swarovski (Chamilia LLC)

Enterprise Holdings

Manning Personnel Group

Teach for America

Evergreen Center

Massachusetts Audubon

The Sage School


Massachusetts Department of Correction

United Way



Fidelity Investments Global Rescue

New Bedford Public Schools



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Practical, Professional and Lifelong Value  

A report from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, on what alumni are doing six months after graduation.

Practical, Professional and Lifelong Value  

A report from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, on what alumni are doing six months after graduation.