Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Life after SAIS: What careers do graduates choose?

What do SAIS students do after they graduate?

SAIS is a multi-disciplinary program that prepares students for a variety of careers. The combination of economics, regional and functional studies, and languages appeals to many employers around the world.

For a glimpse of the jobs that SAIS graduates took up after graduating last year, you can have a look at this report. Reports from years past can be found here.

"The class of 2013 went on to find employment in over 155 organizations worldwide, once again making SAIS an important source of global talent," Ron Lambert, head of Career Services in Washington, says in the latest report.

In addition to its academic curriculum and global footprint, SAIS offers professional skills courses in accounting, finance, corporate valuation, financial modeling, public speaking, business writing, leadership, consulting skills, negotiations, effective briefings, Excel and STATA.

Here are some of the highlights from the latest report:
  • Of the graduates who completed the survey, 93% had found employment, obtained fellowships or internships, or had gone on for further study within six months of graduation.
  • The private sector continued to attract the greatest numbers of graduates -- 44% of the class of 2013. It was followed by the public sector (19%), the multilateral sector (17%) and non-profit (15%).
  • Consulting, banking and finance accounted for more than 60% of the jobs in the private sector.
  • The World Bank continued to attract the greatest numbers who joined the multilateral sector, followed by the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations.
  • Three-quarters of the class participated in summer internships between their first and second years at SAIS.
The report includes some average salary figures by sector, with the caveat that compensation varies considerably by region and also does not always reflect additional salary benefits, signing bonuses or end-of-year bonuses.

"Our graduates go on to leadership positions and combine talent and experience to make a difference wherever they live and work," Lambert said.

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