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  • First-Generation Students Share View of Their Readiness

    February 08, 2017 | By NACE Staff

    Student Attitudes
    A first-generation student on the job.

    TAGS: student attitudes, spotlight, first generation

    Spotlight for Career Services Professionals

    First-generation and non-first-generation students expressed similar views regarding their ability to search for jobs and operate in a professional work environment, according to a new report from NACE.

    Overall, although students entering the work force felt confident in their preparation to operate in the work force, they were less confident about their ability to search for professional jobs. (See Figure 1.) Furthermore, both groups were least confident in their ability to evaluate potential employers, but non-first-generation students were significantly less confident in their ability than were first-generation students.

    The report, First-Generation Students: Influences, Outcomes, and Implications for Job-Search Success, is based on data collected through NACE’s 2016 Student Survey; data were collected from February 16, 2016, through April 30, 2016. Through NACE’s college members, this survey collected data from 23,282 respondents across all degree and year levels; the focus of this report is the 5,013 graduating seniors who identified as first generation (1,925) or non-first generation (3,088). For highlights from the report, see “First-Generation Students and Job Success.” Details about the full report are available on NACEWeb.

    Figure 1: Attitudes regarding preparation to search for, select, and operate on the job

    First Generation Non-First Generation
    Ability to search for jobs 60.1% 57.0%
    Ability to evaluate/compare potential employers 54.9% 49.9%
    Ability to operate in a professional work environment 82.7% 81.7%
    Source: First-Generation Students Report, National Association of Colleges and Employers