Spotlight for Career Services ProfessionalsDecember 5, 2012
How did graduates from the Class of 2012 use career services and did they use the services to a greater degree than past classes?
NACE’s 2012 Student Survey asked students how frequently they interacted with their school’s career services office and which services they used.
The rate at which students made trips to their career center is virtually identical between the Class of 2012 and the Class of 2011. (See Figure 1.)
Approximately 72 percent of graduating seniors who plan on entering the work force use their college career centers' services during their senior year. Thirty-six percent are frequent users of these services.
Figure 1: Use of career center – frequency
Among seniors who visit the career center, the most frequently used activity is resume writing. (See Figure 2.) More than 70 percent of students coming to career services do so in order to upgrade or to review their resumes. Other heavily used services include the career services job listings and job-search assistance from career counselors.
There was also a significant increase in the use of career services for individual career counseling. In fact, students from the Class of 2012 reported using a broader array of career center services than did previous graduating classes.
Figure 2: Career center activities: usage rates for graduating seniors
NACE’s 2012 Student Survey was conducted between February 15, 2012, and April 30, 2012. A total of 59,063 students from 826 NACE member institutions throughout the United States took part. Of those, 15,715 were bachelor‘s degree seniors. The survey report is based on the responses from this group of seniors.Access the executive summary or purchase the full report at www.naceweb.org/Research/Student/Student_Survey.aspx.
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