A SIPA degree leads to a promising future

It’s Graduation Week at Columbia University, and we couldn’t be more excited for SIPA’s Class of 2015! This Thursday, May 21, 2015, our students will graduate from SIPA and will become a part of our 20,000+ outstanding SIPA alumni. And I’m pleased to say that they’ll be in some pretty impressive company.

SIPA’s alumni call more than 150 countries home. Some notable members of this global group include Salim Ahmed Salim, Prime Minister of Tanzania, Secretary General of the Organization of African Unity, President of the United Nations General AssemblyDavid Kay, Chief UN weapons inspector and head of Iraq Survey GroupJudy Cheng-Hopkins, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support of the United NationsBill de Blasio, Mayor of New York CitySteven Fulop, Mayor of Jersey City, New JerseyEric Garcetti, Mayor of Los AngelesClaire Shipman, ABC News correspondent; Katie Stanton, head of international strategy, TwitterAlexander Vershbow, Deputy Secretary General of NATO and former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs; and Peter Zalmayev, human rights activist and Director of the Eurasia Democracy Initiative.

While these 10 alumni represent a fraction of the career paths our Seeple take, they all have something in common: they went on to serve the common good and have found successful careers doing so.

To illustrate how our recent graduates do in the job-hunting department,  I created a few charts using data from the Office of Career Services. (For a larger view, just click on the image.) While we don’t have the Class of 2015’s data just yet, I thought looking back at what the Class of 2014 accomplished early on would be nice.

As you can see, our Seeple do pretty well right out of the gate. In 2014, more than 88 percent of our MIA and MPA students were employed (or seeking further study) upon graduation. They are working everywhere, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to the United Nations Children’s Fund and National Alliance on Mental Illness. (For a look at career paths by concentration, go here for MIA and here for MPA.)

Clearly, there’s no doubt in my mind that the Class of 2015 will go on to do some amazing things themselves. (I’m excited to see what their futures will look like!)

P.S. Want a glimpse at your possible future? Watch the SIPA commencement livestream here on Thursday at 3:15 p.m. EST.

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