Unlike many other liberal arts colleges, Bowdoin's Career Planning Center (CPC) website does not display the post-graduate plans for the Class of 2011.

In previous years the CPC has posted a graph listing students' employment, yet data from last year's graduating class has not been published at this point.

Director of Career Planning Tim Diehl explained that the CPC is waiting to hear back from the Association for Institutional Research about a one-year out survey.

"After the data from that comes back, we'll have a similar snapshot of where grads end up in their first year of employment, and that will be posted for employers to see and for parents to see as well," said Diehl.

Last May's Senior Exit Survey gathered where the Class of 2011 graduates were headed. The survey indicated that 71 percent of the class had specific post-graduate plans.

Forty-three percent of those students were entering full-time employment, an increase of one percent since 2010 and eight percent since 2009.

According to Diehl, these employment opportunities are coming from firms that have an existing relationship with the College and readily hire liberal arts students.

Such employers vary from banks to educational institutions to large research hospitals.

"In spite of the economy, we've had great success in creating doors and opportunities for students," said Diehl. "Most of that comes from a network of alumni and parents that help ensure jobs in a tight job market."

Not all students decided to pursue a career immediately after graduation. fifteen percent of last year's graduating class applied to graduate school, while thirteen percent of those students planned to travel or volunteer.

"People seem to do pretty amazing things after Bowdoin," said Devin Hardy '13. "You hear about graduates doing all these different fellowships that are available. It's a little intimidating actually."

Only 29 percent of students had no specific post-graduate plans upon leaving, down about four points since 2010.

Diehl noted that students lacking plans fall into two categories. Some students actively seeking jobs in the arts, media, communication and nonprofit fields cannot accept jobs while enrolled in school.

These fields only hire when they have openings, so students cannot apply for these jobs until they graduate.

Another small minority of Bowdoin students do not explore career opportunities during their time here at the College.

Diehl says that though the CPC reaches nearly all Bowdoin students, some wait until after graduation to begin planning.

Last year's activities and programs successfully reached 99 percent of the Class of 2011, and 78 percent of all Bowdoin students, according to Diehl

"I've gone to the career planning info sessions and I think they're really helpful," said Kyrie Eiras-Saunders '12. "But I think getting a job has a lot to do with the kind of things you do at school."

"I don't feel like there's really a lot to worry about," said Riley Eusden '14. "There are a lot of ways to get access to jobs and internships if you need them."

In the upcoming months, the CPC will be hosting more than 20 different career outreach programs designed to teach students about what is available to them when they graduate.

These programs encompass a wide range of jobs, from national nonprofit organizations to consulting firms.

"That's what's so great about a liberal arts education," said Diehl. "There is a limitless diversity to where students can end up."