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  • Leveraging Alumni to Help Job-Seeking Students

    May 18, 2016 | By NACE Staff

    Student Attitudes
    Two alumni meet with students who are seeking career advice.

    Spotlight for Career Services Professionals

    Career centers that incorporate alumni into their programming can provide students with ready access to an effective job-search resource.

    NACE’s Class of 2015 Student Survey found that nearly 70 percent of graduating seniors tapped alumni in the job search, and nearly 60 percent rated alumni as a very or extremely effective job-search resource. (See Figure 1.)

    The Class of 2015 Student Survey was conducted February 11, 2015, to April 30, 2015, and garnered responses from 9,184 bachelor's degree students from the Class of 2015. The Class of 2015 Student Survey was sponsored by Enterprise.

    Figure 1: Student use, rating of alumni in the job search

      2015 2014 2013 2012
      % of respondents
    Alumni used as a job-search resource 69.3% 68.6% 58.9% 58.1%
    Alumni rated as a very or extremely effective job-search resource 59.5% 54.7% 50.5% 52.7%
    Source: NACE 2015 Student Survey, National Association of Colleges and Employers.