Field Work Term and Career Outcomes

Grounded in an annual curriculum of fieldwork-based learning, Bennington's career education prepares students to innovate, inspire, and serve. Our students graduate not just with jobs, but with confidence and clarity about their strengths, values, and ambitions in the world of work.

Career Outcomes: Class of 2017

Results are based on data for the June 2017 graduating class of 106 students, with a knowledge rate of 64%. Knowledge rate is based on results from a one-year post graduation survey distributed in June 2018, with supplemental data independently  verified from LinkedIn and Clearinghouse sources.

Location of Students Post-Graduation in USA

map of the united states showing that most graduates are in new england and california

Primary Activity Post Graduation

  • 88% employed (includes full-time freelance work)

  • 8% continuing education (graduate school and other)

  • 3% volunteer (unpaid service programs)

  • 1% seeking employment (part-time work with active search for FT employment)

 
88% of Bennington graduates are employed full time, one year after graduating.

By the numbers

  • 100% of students participated in an annual 6 week field-based learning experience

  • 85% of graduates hold a first job directly related to their field of study

  • 80% of graduates say their work is engaging (compared to 39% nationally)    

  • 72% of respondents said that Field Work Term was “important” or “very important” to their learning in College

80% of graduates report being engaged at work vs 39% nationally
top five industries one year out are communications, education, performing and visual arts, public service, healthcare

What Graduates Say

"I narrowed down my career interests, and figured out what my wants and needs are in a full time position."
 —Cleo Zars 17, Apprentice, J.S. Perrot Carpentry

"During a job interview, I was told me that my resume was impressive."
 —Ben Neuberger 17, Assistant Teacher, International Center for Photography

"I built a very strong network in my field that made my job search after graduation much easier."
Nare Filopsyan 17, Designer, BKSK Architects

"Field Work Term was an integral part of my time at Bennington. Each of my experiences confirmed for me that I am on the path I want to take."
 —Katherine Yee 17, Assistant Editor, Grove Atlantic

"Field Work Term is where I started to learn what sorts of opportunities there actually are in politics, as well as where my interest in communications for political organizations began."
George Salvat 17, Digital Strategist, DC Consulting Firm

"I loved Field Work Term! I learned so much in terms of professional behavior, workplace skills, workplace culture, job-search techniques—these experiences were invaluable."
 Aria Killough-Miller 17, Volunteer, Agape Community