PA—Annual salary increases are the most
preferred benefit among job-seeking new college graduates, according to results
of a new study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
graduating seniors taking part in NACE’s annual student survey have placed medical
insurance in the top spot, according to Marilyn Mackes, NACE executive
graduating seniors taking part in NACE’s 2012
Student Survey, healthcare benefits landed fourth on the list, behind the
annual salary increase, a 401(k) match, and tuition reimbursement,” she says.
The most likely
explanation for the change, says Mackes, are alterations to federal healthcare-related
know that they can now stay on their parents’ coverage until they are 26 years
old, making medical benefits somewhat less critical in their list of
priorities,” says Mackes.
change in order, the top five benefits have remained largely the same over the
past several years.
is—and has been--on benefits that provide security,” says Mackes. “Salary
increases, the 401(k) match, and various insurances provide a financial net
while tuition reimbursement supports the graduate’s ability to acquire new
skills and gain or retain value in the job market.”
About the 2012 Student Survey: Each year, NACE surveys college
students on career-, employment-, and job-search related issues. NACE’s 2012 Student Survey was conducted mid-February
through April 30, 2012. More than 59,000 college students nationwide, including
15,715 seniors at the bachelor’s degree level, took part in the survey. (Note:
Results presented in this release are based on responses from 2012 graduates
who had applied for a job at the time of the survey.) An executive summary of
the survey report is available at
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