How Do Ivy League Students Compare to Public School Students in the Job Market?

WayUp is all about democratizing the hiring process. This means letting campus recruiters recruit from campuses where they may not have a physical presence. This also means all students can apply for and land meaningful jobs with any employer who has posted jobs on WayUp. And finally, this means that we can now share conclusive statistics with you on how students from different types of schools apply!

Across the board, students are increasingly interested in the startup/tech industry
Students across the board are applying to startups and technology companies more frequently than jobs in any other industry. We’re seeing this trend most strongly amongst private school students (39% of applicants), and also at liberal arts (30% of applicants) and public schools as well (20% of applicants). 62% of top entrepreneurial universities are private (Forbes) which is likely leading this charge.

I personally observed this trend as a campus recruiter as well. While working for 4 years in financial services, I saw our competition shift from big banks, to large tech companies to startups I’d never even heard of. Post financial crisis, students became more reluctant to enter the sector, and more eager to work where they would have a bigger impact (USA Today). That said, while we are seeing students’ interest expand into other sectors, jobs in financial services continue to be in demand. In fact, 10% of Ivy League applications are for financial services positions.

Marketing, PR and Social Media jobs are in high demand
Throughout all industries, Marketing, PR and social media gigs are leading the way in popularity. Over 20% of public, private and liberal arts applications are in Marketing/PR – close to double any other job type. A big part of the reason why is course that no set major is required for these jobs, and college students often have native skills in social media. There is also massive learning growth potential, and this field can lead to one of the highest paying jobs in the US.

Women are running the application process
Throughout my career, I’ve noticed how eager employers are to hire diverse candidates, especially women. However, research indicates that women (more than men) often do not apply for a job unless they think they are 100% qualified.

So I am incredibly excited to share that on WayUp, women are applying for jobs at almost double the rate of their male counterparts. We see this trend across the board, with over 60% of STEM applicants coming from women as well. We built WayUp to combat applicant’s fear of not being qualified – students only see jobs they are interested in and qualified for – and the numbers show it’s working.

I’ll continue sharing more meaningful application statistics with you in the coming weeks and months. In the meantime, WayUp has a wide breadth of jobs for your students, in the startup/tech sector (such as the Baroo Startup Fellowship), in Marketing or Social Media (such as a Marketing & Publicity Intern at Lionsgate Premiere) and even engineering (such as Software Engineering Intern at Button) for the talented men and women at your universities!

Liane Hajduch, Head of University Partnerships

Liane has over 5 years of campus recruitment management experience - she hired, trained, mentored and developed hundreds of top candidates in both technology (Venmo/PayPal) and financial services (RBC Capital Markets, Moelis & Company). At WayUp, she partners with career services professionals across the nation to work together to help students find meaningful jobs and internships.