For the graduating class of 2008, 95 percent of Williams College of Business (WCB) graduates and 90 percent of entrepreneurial studies graduates were either employed full-time or enrolled in a graduate program within 90 days of graduation. Average starting salary for 2008 entrepreneurial studies graduates: $36,000.
Graduates in entrepreneurial studies are prepared for careers in four key areas:
- Existing family businesses, which require progressive leadership and management skills.
- Corporate "entrepreneurial" settings, which involve the evaluation and pursuit of potential acquisition or merger candidates, the development of innovative programs within existing business lines, or championing new corporate directions.
- New businesses, which can mean either the acquisition of an existing business or franchise, or the start-up of a completely new venture.
- Small business consulting, which involves building on a broad base of business and interpersonal skills.
More than 50 percent of recent Xavier entrepreneurship graduates have started their own businesses or entered family businesses. Other entrepreneurship graduates have been employed in positions such as the following:
- Assistant brand manager, Procter & Gamble
- Business banker, PNC Bank
- Finance specialist, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority
- President/CEO, FootStool Properties
Entrepreneurship majors also may choose to continue on to graduate study at prestigious institutions around the country.