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Wall Street Is Number One Choice
For New Columbia Graduates
Computer Technology, Consulting, Engineering and Law
Complete List of Top Five Employment Opportunities
More members of the Columbia College Class of 1997 will begin careers on
Wall Street and with financial institutions after graduation than any other
industry, according to preliminary job figures compiled by Columbia's Center for
Career Services. Starting salaries for the new graduates average $42,000.
Financial institutions offered the largest number of jobs to Columbia's 1,082
graduating seniors, providing employment in investment banking, mergers and
acquisitions, bond sales and trading, and municipal finance, said Eileen Kohan,
executive director of the Center for Career Services.
The next most frequent job offer for Columbia students came from
computer technology firms, followed by consulting firms, engineering firms, and
lastly, law firms (as paralegals), said Ms. Kohan.
Smaller numbers of graduates will work in public relations, marketing,
non-profit institutions such as the Peace Corps, Teach for America and religious
organizations, in publishing and journalism, in the music and film industry, and
as teachers in the United States and abroad.
Columbia's seniors, who receive their bachelor's degrees May 21, found
they were very competitive in a strong job market this year, Ms. Kohan said.
She said students who participate in the College job recruitment program
land jobs on average within two or three months. "This has been an excellent
year for our graduates," Ms. Kohan said. "The economy has been improving for
the last three years and with internships that allow our students to take
advantage of the New York employment scene, our graduates are in a very good
position in the job market."