Trends & Predictions

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    Small Dip in Overall Hiring Projections for Class of 2024 Follows Record Job Growth

    The small dip in college hiring revealed by NACE’s Job Outlook 2024 survey is down from the last two years, when the college job market experienced brisk growth that, in 2022, reached record levels.

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    Work Modality: The Changing Nature of Where We Work

    The research suggests that, long term, we will likely work in and out of the office. Research from the National Association of Colleges and Employers shows that new college graduates want to be in person at least part of the time, but also want the flexibility to work remotely some of the time.

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    Employers' Hiring Projections for Class of 2023 Up 3.9%, but Down From Fall

    Projections in the Job Outlook 2023 Spring Update show that employers are planning to hire 3.9% more graduates from the Class of 2023 than they did from the Class of 2022.

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    LISTENING TO THE STORIES NACE RESEARCH IS TELLING US

    NACE has conducted research that identifies important trends and unearths key insights that can help members enhance or adjust their operations to meet challenges and demands.

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    Employers Project 14.7% Increase in Hiring for Class of 2023 College Graduates

    Employers plan to hire 14.7% more new college graduates from the Class of 2023 than they did from the Class of 2022, according to NACE’s Job Outlook 2023 report.

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    Learning From COVID: Disruptions Shape Employer Expectations and Advice to New Grads

    Economic uncertainty often causes employers to amend their expectations of new hires. The 2008 economic recession and the unexpected events of COVID-19 are two examples where mindsets around recruiting shifted, and the entry-level employment landscape yielded unexpected results.

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    Most New College Hires Will Work In Person or Hybrid

    Most entry-level hires will start their careers in the office—at least for part of the time—according to results of NACE’s 2023 Job Outlook Spring Update Survey.

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    College Graduate Hiring Plans Flatten Out for Class of 2021

    Although college hiring has indeed been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, steps employers have taken have allowed them, at least to this point, to blunt its potential full impact.

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    Pandemic Prompted Significant Changes to Recruiting Methods, Not Schedules

    Employers were more likely to make changes to their recruiting methods than they were to their recruiting schedule for the 2020-21 academic year.

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    Amid Accelerated Shifts in the Job Search, Much Remains the Same

    Even though the job search environment has undergone substantial shifts over the last five years—accelerated more recently by the COVID-19 pandemic—core aspects are intact.

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    College Hiring Rebounds to Increase 7.2%

    College hiring appears to have rebounded from the fall as employers now expect to hire 7.2% more new graduates from the Class of 2021 than they did from the Class of 2020.

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    Percentage of Employers Screening College Graduates by GPA Drops Sharply

    Just 56.6% of employers are using GPA to screen college graduates from the Class of 2021 for open positions.

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    Key Takeaways From NACE21

    Over the course of the week-long NACE21 conference, it became clear that several topics—such as the new normal, professionalism, and career readiness—weighed most heavily on attendees.

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    Employer Hiring Plans Jump for Class of 2022 Graduates

    Employers plan to hire 26.6% more new graduates from the Class of 2022 than they did from the Class of 2021, which is in line with job opening trends in general.

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    Graduating During a Recession, On-Campus Recruiting, and University Selectivity

    Research indicates that there are detrimental effects for on hiring for students graduating during a recession from a less-selective university.

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    Public Health: Opportunities for Every Major

    Over the next few years, $7.4 billion will be spent to bolster the underfunded, understaffed local, state, tribal, and territorial health departments around the United States. As a result, there are new career opportunities for every major and degree level, ranging from associate degree graduates to Ph.D.s.

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    College Hiring Surges With 31.6% Increase

    College hiring continues to surge as employers plan to hire 31.6% more new college graduates from the Class of 2022 than they hired from the Class of 2021.

  18. The New Workplace: Approximately 40% of Positions Operate in a Hybrid Modality

    Many employers plan to operate in a hybrid modality, blending in-person and remote work to give their employees and new hires the best of both worlds.

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    Fall 2022 College Hiring Expected to Be Strong

    Fall 2022 recruiting looks extremely positive as almost 90% of employers report that they will be hiring for both full-time and intern/co-op positions at that time.

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