Tammy Li '17
Hometown: Jiamusi, China
Major: Performance (Piano)
Next Step: Master's in Piano Performance at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music
Hometown: Jiamusi, China
Major: Performance (Piano)
Next Step: Master's in Piano Performance at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music
The last three graduating classes have reported a 99% placement rate within six months of graduation. (We will post 2017 data shortly after we receive it, but early returns suggest similar distributions.)
22% Graduate School
4% Fellowships, Volunteer or Travel
1% Seeking Employment
They started their careers at places like:
They continued their education at places like:
The path from major to career is not always as obvious (or straightforward) as we might think.
This graphic below illustrates that phenomenon. We took three years of Lawrence graduate data. Using a circle graph, we plotted on the left side of the circle what Lawrentians studied as undergraduates, and connected on the right side what their first step was after graduation.
Left side: student major
Right side: first career step
Take biology majors, for example. Not only do they enter the medical field, but also the fields of consulting, finance, and management. History majors go on to pursue education, social and religious services, sales, or continue their education in grad school. Music performance majors not only pursue careers in music, but in medicine and law, too.
The graph also works in reverse. For example, you can see that students who have gone into management (at the 4:00 position on the graph) have started as English majors as well as government, psychology and economics.
This is what we mean when we say that a Lawrence education prepares you to thrive in a rapidly changing world.
Hometown: Monterrey, Mexico
Major: Math-Computer Science
Next Step: Software engineer for Facebook
"I look forward to contributing and making Facebook better, faster, and more reliable for the 1.3 billion people that use it every month! Lawrence has given me a very good foundation. I was able to pick up and develop world class software almost immediately."
Some students volunteered to talk more about their next steps. Watch videos below and check back from time to time as more graduates step up to talk about their plans.
Hometown: Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Majors: Chinese Language and Literature, Linguistics
Next Step: Middle school ESL teacher in South Korea
"I am most excited to live on the other side of the world and eat spicy, flavorful food."
Hometown: Whitefish Bay, Wis.
Major: Performance (Piano)
Next Step: Master's in music teaching at Oberlin Conservatory of Music
"Without the rigor and thoroughness of my Lawrence education, I could not have achieved the high level of music performance and pedagogy that was necessary to go on to graduate study. My time at Lawrence was transformative."
Read about past graduates and how Lawrence prepared them not for a job, but for life after college.
Hometown: Potter, Wis.
Next Step: Ph.D. in chemical biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
“I am looking forward to continuing my journey in the field of scientific research, while gaining a variety of valuable skills that will allow me to pursue a career in the biomedical research industry. I cannot wait to be challenged, to learn and to grow.”
Hometown: Lima, Peru
Majors: History, Government
Next Step: US Army, Special Forces
"It has been my dream to join the Army SF like my dad did before me. I believe Lawrence has set me up for success by teaching me how to address issues and solve them even when they are outside of my comfort zone."
Hometown: Udon Thani, Thailand
Next Step: Research assistant at Rosewell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y.
"I am extremely thrilled to join Dr. Patnaik's lab at Rosewell Park. This opportunity will strengthen my laboratory skills and knowledge while keeping my feet wet in the area of cancer research prior to applying to medical school."
Hometown: Nicosia, Cyprus
Majors: Politics, Philosophy, Economics (student-designed)
Next Step: Master’s in international security at University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School as a Sié Fellow
“Through my coursework, I've sharpened my analytic and communication skills, which will prove crucial in my life after Lawrence. I’m eagerly awaiting the next step—specializing in security studies—so I can meaningfully contribute to public life in my island-nation, Cyprus.”
Hometown: Huntley, Ill.
Majors: Economics, Mathematics-Economics
Next Step: Finance Development Program,
Zurich Insurance Group
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to learn and be challenged in order to enhance and further my career development.”
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minn.
Next Step: Foundation Certificate, Leiths School of Food and Wine, London, United Kingdom
“I’ve been excited about food and cooking for many years, and Lawrence gave me the freedom to co-found the Cultural Food Club that is still thriving today. I did all my major research projects on various food topics, including a local Japanese restaurant, food market vendors in London and my capstone on Italian mothers and food."
Hometown: Burlington, Wis.
Major: Economics—Interdisciplinary Area: Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Next Step: Senior business analyst at Optum
“I'm excited to apply the skills and problem-solving techniques I learned in my economic courses to help make health care more efficient and, overall, a better market.”
Hometown: Golden Valley, Minn.
Majors: Economics, Spanish
Next Step: Merchant banking analyst at Piper Jaffray
“I’m looking forward to entering this next stage of my life with the confidence that Lawrence has prepared me to be successful in my new role."
Hometown: Little Chute, Wis.
Majors: Psychology, Gender Studies
Next Step: Master's in social and applied psychology at the University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom
"I'm very excited to begin a new chapter of my life at the University of Kent, where I can grow academically, professionally and personally. I am confident that my time at Lawrence has prepared me very well for my next chapter."
Profession: Chairman and CEO, Dalian Wanchun Biotechnology Co. Ltd., Dalian, China
Lawrence Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Chemistry
How did your Lawrence experience prepare you for your current profession?: Lawrence gave me the needed skills in scientific research, and the confidence to pursue the career I desire even though it is not the traditional road for a scientist (anything is possible if you try hard). After many years of high level scientific training, I chose to be an entrepreneur, by translating my scientific discoveries and inventions to products which can directly help people (this is my dream career). Lawrence [also] taught me to be resourceful. I was able to leverage my scientific training and contacts, and my background as a Chinese (China healthcare market is expanding dramatically) to have successful businesses in the US and China in healthcare field. I was lucky to be awarded "Thousand Talent Innovator Award" from China President in 2009.
What is one piece of advice for prospective students about their time at Lawrence that is important for their lives after Lawrence?: Take advantage of all out-of-classroom learning experiences Lawrence is offering: such as Lawrence Scholar programs, study-abroad programs. Open your horizons to many different choices in life, do not limit your expectation about life.
Launched in 2008, Lawrence Scholars in Business (LSB) is designed for students who are interested in distinguishing themselves as strong candidates for careers in the competitive world of business, including:
• arts management
• international finance
• investment management
Since the launch of the Lawrence Scholars in Business program, Lawrence students have taken trips to Chicago, Milwaukee and Minneapolis surrounding areas to connect with alumni. In Chicago, students connect with alumni at Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Madison Dearborn Partners, Coyote Logistics, Deloitte, LBC Credit Partners, Inc., Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago, Neuberger Berman, Abbott Laboratories, Navigant Consulting, Inc., Startup Institute (1871), McKinsey & Company, Inc., Northern Trust, and Allstate Insurance Company. In Milwaukee visits include Wells Fargo Bank Wisconsin NA, Heartland Advisors, Generation Growth Capital, Inc., Deloitte & Touche, and Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc. In Minneapolis and the surrounding areas visits include RBC Wealth Management, Krista Tippett Public Productions/On Being, Optum and Gravie.
Opportunities to explore the world of business!
Lawrence has the resources you need to help you secure cutting edge internships.
The new Lawrence Scholars in Business (LSB) Alumni Mentoring Program is offering support in preparing for and finding top business internship opportunities.
Fifteen students will be selected to receive training in a variety of aspects of business and support from a group of well-established alumni mentors in applying for internships. Additionally, 1-3 candidates will receive funding AND mentoring to support their summer internships. This unique program integrates education and mentoring in business, interviewing and networking skills and support in finding internship opportunities. For a full list and bios of alumni participants, please click here.
Note: You will be required to attend a program kick-off in November to discuss program parameters. The program involves some dedicated time outside of the classroom for readings and Career Services hosted events.
This program is open to any student who, through an excellent academic record and extracurricular participation, has shown the right aptitude and aspirations to succeed in the highly competitive world of business. Application materials will consist of a resume, cover letter, letter of recommendation from one professor and the application attached here. Materials are due to email@example.com in Alumni & Constituency Engagement no later than Friday, October 6, 2017 at 5 p.m. Applicants will be informed of their status in early November.
Please visit Career Services for help with your application materials and good luck!
Past Award Winners
Recipients: Austin Frank '18, Arielle Kaye '18 and Christian Rodriguez '18
Recipients: Dylan Geary '17 and Adam McDonald '17
Recipients: Eduardo Elizondo Rueda ’16 and Ruby Dickson ’17
Recipients: Ali Heiring ’16 and Andrew Borresen ’15
Recipients: Tara Jensen ’14 and Luke Barthelmess ’14
Recipients: Vishvesh Subramanian ’12 and Tony Darling ’12
Recipients: Oscar Koberling ’11, Ben DiMarco ’11
and Michelle Li ’11
Recipients: Syed Abbas '11 and Katelin Richter Davis '12
Recipients: Adam Ferguson '10 and Jacqueline Bean '09
Profession: Doctoral Student in Counseling Psychology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Lawrence Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
How did your Lawrence experience prepare you for your current profession?: At Lawrence, I was challenged to be an engaged learner (both actively and reflectively). In my courses and research experiences, I developed the capacity to reimagine old ideas and critically analyze new ones. As such, Lawrence fostered my sense of agency as a student—I not only learned how to ask the questions I found most fascinating but I was also given tools to attempt to answer them. Through one-on-one interactions with professors, I began to realize my interests as a researcher. It was at Lawrence, working with supportive faculty, that I began to investigate the ways in which identity development coincides and interacts with the social, educational and cultural experiences of individuals. As I began to build my program of research in preparation for graduate school, I also began to reflect on the type of researcher I would like to be. Ultimately, I left Lawrence with a strong commitment to researching issues of diversity and promoting work that gives an empowering voice to populations that have often been sequestered to the margins.
What is one piece of advice for prospective students about their time at Lawrence that is important for their lives after Lawrence?: As a recent graduate, I am still amazed at how quickly the four years went by, so cherish them—be present! Explore the paths that have not been tread on by others. There is much to discover in unpromising places. There are many great things happening on and off campus; take advantage of them. Get out in the community, attend lectures and athletic games, check out what your fellow students are up to with their presentations and recitals, participate in cultural events, and lest I forget the most important thing, have fun…lots of it. I should also add: Higher education is a privilege that many are not afforded, so as global citizens, it is important that we recognize our sources of privilege and think of ways that we can use what we have for the benefit of those who are not as fortunate.
Profession: Freelance Composer and Los Angeles Opera Chorus Member
Lawrence Degree: Bachelor of Music in Music Performance (Violin & Voice)
How did your Lawrence experience prepare you for your current profession?: Most importantly, Lawrence taught me how to think in an analytical and entrepreneurial way, providing me with the diversity of skills necessary to be relevant in today's job market.
What is one piece of advice for prospective students about their time at Lawrence that is important for their lives after Lawrence?: Take advantage of all of the opportunities and individual-learning programs Lawrence has to offer. Continually set short-term and long-term goals for yourself, but do not be afraid to adapt and modify your plans as you learn and grow.
Profession: Director of Program Development at TechSoup Global
Lawrence Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Music & Theatre and Drama
How did your Lawrence experience prepare you for your current profession?: Lawrence helped me hone my creative and critical thinking, writing and (with theater being one of my majors) communication skills. These skills are all fundamentally important to my job. My professors at Lawrence challenged me to always push a little harder -- to think holistically about context and a variety of factors rather than spuriously assume, go a bit further than I might otherwise in refining and shaping my ideas related to whatever we were studying and to communicate as concisely and precisely as possible. In short, though I do very little that is directly related to either of my degrees, the entire liberal arts process enabled me to think and act a little more than the norm; to shape and evolve my assumptions and theories as I work in very fractured and rapidly shifting environments and build consensus around thoroughly intriguing social change issues.
What is one piece of advice for prospective students about their time at Lawrence that is important for their lives after Lawrence?: Take advantage of everything. University is a time to figure yourself out. What you actually think you think and care about. This happens in and out of class. And there is so much going on outside class at Lawrence. What happens in the class will teach you how to think but what happens outside will, perhaps, offer more perspective on how to apply it in the world. Get involved in things you never thought of before, just because, and go to the weekend courses at the library. I know, it is the weekend but seriously, they offered some great computer courses and other random things that I wish I made it out of bed for. And regarding classes, some great advice from my advisor – take one easy, one medium, and one hard class. I tried as much as possible to take intro courses in every topic and it enabled me to think way beyond the great courses I had in the conservatory and derive new insights from a range of perspectives.
Profession: President of Islais Corporation
Lawrence Degree: Bachelor of Arts in History
How did your Lawrence experience prepare you for your current profession?: Lawrence provided the foundation of lifelong learning critical to my success as an executive building innovation around the world. Whether learning how to develop a thesis in four pages or less in a history class, or building complicated models in Excel for a science class, much of my subsequent accomplishments are predicated on the cooperative school culture and academic focus on individualized learning that allowed me to emerge as a leader.
What is one piece of advice for prospective students about their time at Lawrence that is important for their lives after Lawrence?: Invest the time to develop long-term relationships with your favorite professors.
Profession: Managing Director at Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Lawrence Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Drama
How did your Lawrence experience prepare you for your current profession?: The culture at Lawrence required that you become, over time, a self starter. The students who were happiest, I think, took advantage of opportunities to create their own programs, shape experiences in new and different ways. This certainly set a pattern for my professional life.
What is one piece of advice for prospective students about their time at Lawrence that is important for their lives after Lawrence?: Be insatiably curious.
Profession: Assistant Professor of International Business and International Affairs at George Washington University, School of Business and Elliott School of International Affairs
Lawrence Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Economics-Mathematics
How did your Lawrence experience prepare you for your current profession?: Lawrence provided me with a rigorous yet well-rounded education that set me on a path of life-long learning. The people at LU, ranging from professors, to classmates and staff have shaped my thinking and views on the world that influence me in my life and career today. For instance, now as a professor myself, I try to encourage my students to think outside of the box.
What is one piece of advice for prospective students about their time at Lawrence that is important for their lives after Lawrence?: Be open-minded. Take classes outside of your comfort zone. In this day and age, employers look for versatility and well-roundedness beyond the basic tool set. Being able to shape your education in a unique way as is possible at Lawrence will provide you with an edge later in life.
Profession: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at National Jewish Health
Lawrence Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Biology
How did your Lawrence experience prepare you for your current profession?: My Lawrence education prepared me extremely well for my current profession as a scientist. I found my rigorous training in biology made my graduate courses easily accessible and helped me to transition into additional research areas as a post-doctoral fellow. Further, I learned how to ask questions and evaluate information, which is the heart of life as a scientist. Finally, I rely on the communication skills I practiced at LU to express myself to other scientists as well as students and community members.
What is one piece of advice for prospective students about their time at Lawrence that is important for their lives after Lawrence?: Participate in student groups, whether just for fun or more serious roles in student government, etc. In addition to exploring your interests, you will learn important interpersonal skills (communication, cooperation, and leadership) which will be important in whatever field you find yourself after Lawrence.
Profession: Senior Advisor at State Street
Lawrence Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry
How did your Lawrence experience prepare you for your current profession?: The Lawrence education provided me with a liberating attitude towards academic study, self realization and global outlook. While it is not specific about career or profession and I needed to go to graduate schools for furthering my career options, I find my Lawrence experience fundamental to what I have done and pursued in the last three decades following graduation from Lawrence.
What is one piece of advice for prospective students about their time at Lawrence that is important for their lives after Lawrence?: It is a luxury in life to have the chance to enjoy what Lawrence could provide to the students and hence dream your dreams and act on them.
Profession: President of Manhattan School of Music
Lawrence Degree: Bachelor of Music in Music Performance (Voice)
How did your Lawrence experience prepare you for your current profession?: Lawrence exposed me to a bigger and more encompassing world than I had known earlier in my life. It helped me see possibilities for me personally and for society in general. It taught me about seeking excellence in everything I do, something I try to live each and every day.
What is one piece of advice for prospective students about their time at Lawrence that is important for their lives after Lawrence?: Take advantage of every moment. Your experience at Lawrence can be so varied, so fun, so challenging, and critical to your development as a person and a professional.
Profession: Senior Legal Officer and Chief of the Appeals Chamber Support Section at the United Nations, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
Lawrence Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Economics & Government
How did your Lawrence experience prepare you for your current profession?: Lawrence fostered my love of enquiry and showed me how important it is to keep asking questions. It also gave me the tools to look for answers. I found this crucial in my studies after Lawrence and in my work as a lawyer.
What is one piece of advice for prospective students about their time at Lawrence that is important for their lives after Lawrence?: Search with an open mind for something to do after Lawrence that will be meaningful to you. And when you find it do not be afraid to revisit your decision should it no longer satisfy you, and then find something else that will.
Profession: Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Edgewood College
Lawrence Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Biology & French
How did your Lawrence experience prepare you for your current profession?: Lawrence prepared me to be an excellent communicator. It prepared me to relate well to people from all backgrounds with varied interests. It prepared me to become a life-long learner.
What is one piece of advice for prospective students about their time at Lawrence that is important for their lives after Lawrence?: Study abroad. In addition to preparing you for the unexpected (which is what happens all the time professionally), it’s not likely that you’ll find yourself in a job that you can leave for months at time to travel to new places.
Profession: Prosperity Center Leader with Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin and Fox Valley Technical College
Lawrence Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
How did your Lawrence experience prepare you for your current profession?: Lawrence offers a well-rounded educational experience. I had professors who enabled me to explore my interest in areas that were not necessarily directly connected to my major. I was able to create a non-traditional educational path (with the help of my advisor) where I was able to explore opportunities within the Fox Cities Community. I was introduced to non-profit work through the Volunteer Center on campus which solidified my interest in philanthropy and becoming employed in a helping profession.
What is one piece of advice for prospective students about their time at Lawrence that is important for their lives after Lawrence?: Regardless of where you were raised or where you are headed after graduation, there are so many opportunities to volunteer and learn from various organizations, businesses and bright people within the Fox Valley. Pick an area of interest and see if there are opportunities to learn more about how things work. For example, I was interested in the Emergency Shelter of the Fox Valley. I started volunteering at their facility which lead to an internship with the shelter. Lawrence has an excellent Independent Study program, so I continued learning more about the shelter while receiving class credit. I had learned so much through that experience and they offered me a job after graduation! It was an easy decision for them as I already understood what they were all about. That experience enabled me to fill a need within this community and has led to a great career in the non-profit field.
Profession: Assistant Curator of Earlier European Art at the Milwaukee Art Museum
Lawrence Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Art History & Classics
How did your Lawrence experience prepare you for your current profession?: My experience at Lawrence helped me succeed first in graduate school and then in my career because I was challenged to think and write critically. Attending Lawrence also gave me the ability to work both independently and with others.
What is one piece of advice for prospective students about their time at Lawrence that is important for their lives after Lawrence?: I recommend that Lawrence students do at least one internship (or at least volunteer) in a career area that interests them to make sure it is what they want to pursue. I volunteered at the Outagamie County Historical Society while at Lawrence, and it was such a great experience, I decided to attend a graduate program that included museum studies coursework.
Profession: Opera Singer at Deutsche Oper Berlin and International Guest Artist
Lawrence Degree: Bachelor of Music with a Self-Designed Major
How did your Lawrence experience prepare you for your current profession?: LU prepared me first and foremost as a singer, musician and actor. My voice lessons with Ken Bozeman were (and continue to be) invaluable. The conservatory is so strong in preparing well-rounded, thoughtful, hard working musicians AND the opportunities I had to take theater courses has made all the difference with my development and skills as an actor. I also grew as a person at LU in the environment the university provided, the cultural experiences, the variety of students and faculty I met and interacted with, etc. Lastly, my term in London definitely opened my eyes in wonderful new ways and was the start of a desire and need to travel and experience different places and cultures.
What is one piece of advice for prospective students about their time at Lawrence that is important for their life after Lawrence?: Take advantage of everything you can while you are at LU: convocations, concerts, sports events, cultural events, etc. If you have the opportunity to study abroad -- please do so!
People often ask, "What do you do with a Lawrence degree?" We like to reframe the question as, "How do you do with a Lawrence degree?" (The answer is: "Very well.") All over the world you'll find Fulbright Scholars, cardiologists, professional musicians, patent attorneys, CEOs, entrepreneurs, high school principals, teachers, actors, financial investors--you name it--who all got their start at Lawrence. They are interesting people leading interesting lives. Here is some information about--and advice from--just a few.