The Business Journal published an article Sept. 29 entitled “Which Wisconsin colleges offer the biggest paydays?” Rated number one for highest mid-career salary is Lawrence University, at an average of $89,700 per year.
Dean of Career Services Mary Meany ‘83 was available to offer her opinion on Lawrence’s placement. “Because Lawrence is a liberal arts institution,” she said, “you see students learning analytical skills, critical thinking, writing and problem solving, which are strengths that go across industry. This survey shows that 15 years out, you see these skills being employed in the work place.”
Meany points out that Lawrence is unique even for a liberal arts school, and between the academics, opportunities for research, senior experiences and various available internships, graduates leave Lawrence with a solid base for making their mark in any chosen field. Also, as she was sure to make clear, graduates should not expect a 15-year wait for success. “Lawrence students differentiate themselves quickly in the workplace, which you see from successful graduates,” she said.
A group of these alumni are returning to campus to give talks and share their experiences in life after Lawrence Oct. 29. The event, called the “More Light! Career Conference,” is a cumulative effort of Career Services, the Alumni Constituency and Engagement Group and the Development Office.
The event will celebrate the success of the six-year “More Light” campaign that raised more than $150 million with the help of alumni, parents and friends of the college. Keynote alumni speakers include a former ambassador, an Emmy award-winning filmmaker, a division president and an anchor for “Nightline.” The diverse fields in which these alums have risen and succeeded, as well as their willingness to give back to their alma mater, speak to the strong foundation Lawrence provides for its students.
In light of the possibilities open to graduates, Meany seeks to remind current students that the Business Journal article, which focuses on salary alone, is only one aspect of what a senior should be thinking about come graduation.
“Other factors to be considered,” she said, “are what you’re passionate about, where you want to be located, what type of industry or field you want to be in, what feeds your soul and what feeds your mind.”