Post-Graduation Success of SEBA Undergraduates

business professional studentIn light of the national debate about the value of higher education, 91% of the class of 2017 of the School of Economics and Business Administration (SEBA) undergraduate programs was employed or went onto graduate schools within 6 months after graduation, up from 80% three years ago. Thus, it is no surprise that PayScale ranked SEBA’s undergraduate business program #22 in the nation for best return on investment in 2017.

“Guided by one of the SMC strategic plan priorities to prepare students for meaningful and professional lives, SEBA faculty and staff have put a lot of effort into post-graduation outcomes for our students. We are glad to see that Saint Mary’s business education, deeply rooted in the Catholic, LaSallian and liberal arts traditions, has laid a great foundation for our student’s success,” said Zhan Li, Dean of SEBA.

Kimberly Paschal credits her experience in the undergraduate accounting program, her love of the College, and connection to an internship at one of the “Big 4” accounting companies for her success. “PricewaterhouseCoopers put me in their Learning and Development Department as a Start Intern. After that, I was offered another internship as an assurance intern as part of their advance program.” Paschal did so well on the team as an intern; she was offered a full-time job as an assurance associate.

Vanessa Nommensen, now an incoming Financial Analyst at Amazon, pursued a business administration major with a finance concentration and an economics minor at Saint Mary’s College after transferring from Tulane.  Applying for internships the summer after her junior-year, she relocated to Seattle in order to be in the financial analyst internship program with Amazon at their headquarters. “I loved my experience at the company so much I gladly accepted a full-time post-graduation position after my internship was complete. There was never a day I didn't learn something new and exciting,” said Nommenson.

Colin Spencer pictured himself becoming a financial advisor after graduation, but decided first to gain more experience in the field. He was able to leverage his networks to land his current role. “My degree program equipped me with the ability to have an intelligent conversation with an industry professional,” said Spencer, who now works as an Advisory Associate in Internal Audit, Risk and Compliance Services at KPMG, after graduating with a degree in economics.

“We offer our undergraduate students connections with great companies. We host an annual Meet the Firms event where students can network with the 'Big 4' companies (KPMG, EY, PWC, and Deloitte) as well as other leading accounting firms. Through our Career Gateway program, students are able to take workshops to strengthen their personal and professional development skills,” Professor Larisa V. Genin, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs and Faculty.