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  • 2019 Student Survey Report - 2 Year

  • Summary

    NACE’s annual student survey has traditionally been centered around bachelor’s degree, graduating seniors’ approach to the job market—what kinds of jobs graduates will be seeking (or whether they will be seeking jobs at all), how they go about researching and approaching potential employers, what employer/job qualities particularly attract them, and whether they have been successful in landing a job for right after graduation.

    The 2019 NACE Student Survey Report: Two-Year Schools is new for this year and devoted to students at the associate degree level. While most bachelor’s degree graduates are focused on finding a job after graduation rather than pursuing additional education, this is not the case with the associate degree. The largest group of graduates are looking to take the next step in their academic careers and pursue more education, rather than entering the job market and beginning their career pursuits.  

    Highlights include:

    • Overall, 47 percent of the associate degree respondents intended to continue their education at the next level after receiving their degree. Only 37 percent of the associate degree respondents intended to look for a job or remain in the same job they held while getting their degree.
    • Differences in gender, ethnicity, and the educational background of the family had little impact on the plans of associate degree graduates. However, age was the one demographic factor that represented a significant difference in the plans after graduation. Overall, the older the respondent, the less likely the individual is to pursue additional education.
    • The top five services used at the career center itself are 1) individual career counseling; 2) resume writing assistance; 3) job-search assistance; 4) career assessments; and 5) career center job listings

    November 2019. 8 1/2" x 11”. 26 pages. PDF format.


    If your organization participated in the survey, or you purchased a copy of the report, you can access the report at MyNACE > Research Reports.