With a top name and a rock solid education to back them up, Columbia graduates enjoy “excellent career opportunities” in New York City and beyond. Through the Career Management Center (CMC), “recruiting does start day one, and it will be intense throughout the two years.” However, students are incredibly impressed with “how hard the CMC will work with you as an individual to ensure placement.” To help counteract the madness of the job hunt, the CMC offers a four-session job strategy series for first-year students, as well as individual advising sessions. In addition, there are “tons of alumni and professional mentors available for coaching” throughout the graduate program. Competition is minimized, and “while recruiting is an extremely rigorous process, particularly in finance and consulting, students are extremely supportive of each other and work together to accomplish mutual goals.”“All the best companies are a stone’s throw away from you” at Columbia, and graduates consistently score plum positions in New York. The school’s top employers include Amazon, American Express Company, Bain & Company, Barclays, Boston Consulting Group, Booz & Company, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deloitte Consulting, Deutsche Bank, Goldman, Sachs & Co., Google, IBM Corporation, JPMorgan Chase, McKinsey & Company, Microsoft, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and Unilever. More than 40 percent of graduates work in finance, while another 30 percent take jobs in consulting. The average starting salary for Columbia graduates is well over $100,000 annually.
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