by Amy Baez, Staff Writer, November 2021

Top 12 Industries % of Graduates 
Finance/Investments/Insurance/Banking23%
Educational Services (Including Teaching)15%
Health Care/Social Assistance/Social Advocacy14%
Construction and Real Estate7%
Communications/Broadcasting/Publishing/Telecom6%
Law & Legal Services 6%
Arts/Entertainment/Recreation 5%
Manufacturing/Production4%
Management Consulting Services4%
Retail and Trade/Stores 4%
Advertising/Marketing/Consulting3%
Computers/Computer Equipment and Software 3%
Other6%
Note: Out of 5444 graduates, this data only accounts for 2615 graduates.

We push the thoughts of graduating away as we share laughs at morning assembly and loudly cheer our football team under the bright lights on Friday nights. Unfortunately, reaching the last day of high school is inevitable, but our years here have prepared us for what is to come. 

If you ask a student here which field they plan on majoring in, it won’t be a surprise if they answer with finance or medicine. The top three industries graduates gravitate towards is finance, educational services, and healthcare. Because of this, we are led to believe many graduates are in the business or health field. However, is this even true, and does Noble play a role in influencing our career choices?

 Director of Graduate Affairs Kate Brown said, “A lot of people who want some level of success, no matter where they come from, need to make conscious choices towards what they go into.” Brown has noticed how she does not see many graduates in non-leadership roles. She added, “Nobles may have less electives, but we have courses focusing on different subjects to create a more well-rounded student and to [make them] prepared for college in whatever career they want to pursue.”

The curriculum here, however, can get in the way of students who want to pursue an elective that  could help further their knowledge on a preferred field of study. Participating in summer programs of your desired career is common among students due to the lack of time and sometimes resources at school. Claire Mao (Class I) said, “There are so many electives, but so little time because of the core curriculum.” Mao has attended Cornell Engineering CURIE Academy and the MIT Beaver Work Camp to flesh out her interests. “I’m interested in becoming an engineer, or more specifically a mechanical or aerospace engineer,” Mao said. She also sheds light on how a lot of public schools have large math and science olympiad teams, and Nobles does not. 

Moreover, Madeline Li (Class II), believes that the school  should offer more courses for students interested in writing. Li has a passion for novel writing and is interested in pursuing creative writing as a career. She has taken the Grub Street Summer course to learn how to develop ideas and methods for novel writing and is in the process of publishing her first book. “I think Nobles encourages writers through advertising for National November Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), but I think the school could definitely improve […]We have to work really hard to find ways to make our interest known by teachers and get any creative writing acknowledged on our transcripts.”

Minh Mai (Class I), leader of Business Club, knows that he wants to major in business administration. Mai said, “I care about financial literacy and want the people who come from my background to have the financial resources to hold stability in their lives and be able to reach their goals.” Mai has taken courses outside of school on financial literacy and modeling, and has earned a certificate from the University of Pennsylvania for Introduction to Financial Accounting. “These courses build on each other and reinforce my knowledge.” Mai said.

Olivia Stevo (Class II) has also been interested in pursuing finance from a young age, inspired by her dad who was a financial analyst and is now working in investor relations. She has taken investment courses through Global Online Academy and is planning to attend a finance program at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. “Nobles encourages the finance career path because there are so many opportunities to foster your interest,” said Stevo. 

The thought of Nobles encouraging many graduates to go into finance and medicine is not because they offer more resources towards it as students depend on outside of school programs.There are also outside factors that draw each person towards a different career decision. 

 As Brown mentioned earlier, creating well-rounded students results in them going into their preferred fields because they have the necessary skill set they acquired at Nobles. Mao said, “I don’t think Nobles tailors you to a specific career. There is a lot of choice in shaping who you want to be.”