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 professional career services staff
Percent of career centers housed in student affairs division
Median square footage of career center
Percent of career centers offering for-credit career classes
Percent of career centers conducting first-destination surveys
2017-18 Career Services Benchmark Survey