October 26, 2016 | By NACE Staff
TAGS: technology, student attitudes, spotlight, special populations
Spotlight for Career Services Professionals
First-generation students use online career services more frequently than do their non-first-generation classmates, even though they deem some of these services to be more effective on campus, according to a forthcoming special report based on results of NACE’s Class of 2016 Student Survey.
Three of the services that first-generation students use online more frequently than do their non-first-generation classmates—individual career counseling, resume writing/reviewing assistance, and practice interview sessions—were ones that they, themselves, deemed to be less effective online. (See Figure 1.)
First-generation students also used online career skill testing and career assessments at a greater clip than non-first-generation students, although the former found the service to be equally effective whether delivered online or on campus.
Overall, the frequency with which both first-generation and non-first-generation students entering the work force visited the career center on campus was similar.
The special report on the attitudes, behaviors, and job-search success of first-generation students will be available later this fall. The report is based on results from NACE’s Class of 2016 Student Survey, which was conducted February 16 – April 30, 2016. Among graduating seniors taking part in the survey, 5,013 self-identified as either first generation (1,925) or non-first generation (3,088). First-generation students are defined as having a parent/parents who does/do not possess at least a bachelor’s degree. The Class of 2016 Student Survey was sponsored by Enterprise. Survey participants can access a full copy of the report through MyNACE. Highlights from the Class of 2016 Student Survey are available at www.naceweb.org/surveys/student.aspx.
Figure 1: Career center services used and rated effectiveness
Median number of career center staff
Median number of students to professional staff
Median square footage of career services office
# of organizations participating in career fairs (median)
Percent of career services offices offering academic advising
2016-17 Career Services Benchmark Survey