2018 College Track Social Mobility Report 2018 Social Mobility Report - Page 15

More than half of College Track alumni chose a job in education, social services and health care, or what we call the “public interest sector.” Nationally these three sectors account for 28% of jobs for all bachelor’s degree holders. 10 In other words, College Track graduates c ​ hoose these careers at twice the rate of the national average​. We know youth tend to choose careers they have been exposed to, which may explain why College Track youth gravitate to careers in education or nonprofit, where many of their mentors work, as opposed to finance, technology, medicine or law. Part of this exposure comes from having attended the College Track program during their high school years and then receiving on-campus college support from individuals in counseling roles. For graduates in the public interest sector, there is a wage gap in the early years of their career compared to their peers in finance or technology, but over time, that gap diminishes. They appear to experience faster career growth, leading to higher salaries. Roger’s story is indicative of this accelerated career trajectory: “I was always a humanities person, I love the open ended side and social justice. I graduated in May 2008 at the beginning of the recession: there wasn’t much work for a new graduate with little experience and a political science degree. I joined Summit Public Schools at an entry level position, grew with the school and developed a great relationship with my manager. Six years later, I was doing development, working on the charter authorization and district facilities. I had developed a lot of expertise. I am now the associate director of admissions at Menlo School where I am responsible for bringing in students from all backgrounds and making sure they thrive.” ​ -Roger, St Mary’s College of California 2008 graduate College Track Page 15