Job security tops the list of attributes new college graduates say are important in a job. The ability to develop job-specific and soft skills, friendly coworkers, and a good benefits package round out the top five, according to results of NACE’s 2022 Student Survey.
Author Melanie Buford says that Gen Zers are interested in original thought and contributing something original to the world, which, she notes, often looks like entrepreneurship.
Personal experience is a factor for how Gen Z high school and college students determine the industries they want to work in and the organizations they prefer to work for.
College students want their employers to provide financial and insurance benefits, according to results of the NACE 2021 Student Survey.
Does salary matter to graduates from the college Class of 2021? No … and yes, according to students responding to NACE’s 2021 Student Survey.
Virtual recruiting provides a better job-search experience for historically marginalized populations than in-person recruiting, according to results of the NACE 2021 Student Survey.
Searching for a job can itself be a full-time job and could lead to burnout. Giving students permission to rest and recharge can ease the mental burden and lead to future success.
Graduating seniors view opportunities to develop their skills—both specific to the job and applied—as the top attributes of their future job.
There are differences by internship status in the ways that students approach the job search and their expectations for their starting salaries.
If you’re looking to boost your
organization’s diversity-recruiting efforts, it’s important to understand how
much race and gender affect student perceptions of diversity.
general, social media is one of the least popular job-search resources among
college students responding to the 2018 Student Survey.
Consultant Mary Scott discusses the disconnect between
current conventional wisdom of what students prefer in recruitment practices
and how they actually view popular tools and techniques.
Students mulling two job opportunities
place a strong emphasis on starting salary as their deciding factor.
Want to become an employer of choice among college students? Start by offering them job security and the opportunity to develop job-specific skills.
What are students’ attitudes about communicating with employers via social media? And which platforms do they use and find useful in their job searches?
Are employers providing the benefits that their new college hires want most? Not in all cases, according to results of NACE’s Class of 2017 Student Survey.
Highlights from research conducted by Scott Resource Group: What do students think about technology in the hiring process?
Positioning your organization can help boost its diversity-recruiting efforts among your target groups.
What do new graduates want in a job? Overall, Class of 2017 graduates want the chance to develop their skills, job security, and friendly co-workers.
NACE’s First Generation Students Report finds differences in attitudes between first-generation and non-first generation students toward some employer benefits.
The starting salary expectations of first-generation and non-first-generation students were similar.
The job-search resource that yielded the largest difference between first-generation and non-first generation students was the guidance of parents/relatives.
Class of 2016 first-generation students gave greater weight to an organization being located close to home and embracing diversity than did their classmates.
Graduating seniors cited employer websites as the most widely used and most useful job-search resource, according to results of NACE’s Class of 2016 Student Survey. That result is consistent with those of earlier iterations of the annual survey, which stretches back to the Class of 2007.
In terms of the benefits they prefer, Class of 2016 bachelor’s degree graduates took a longer view of the financial aspects of their professional careers than did previous classes, according to results of NACE’s Class of 2016 Student Survey.
The social media activities that yielded the greatest increase in job offer rates for the Class of 2016 are little used.
The single most important aspect that Class of 2016 job-seeking graduates who planned to enter the work force looked for in their first full-time job is the opportunity for personal growth, according to results of NACE’s Class of 2016 Student Survey.
Career fairs are not dead — just ask students, says consultant Mary Scott. Basing her insights on longitudinal research, Scott explains how student expectations for career fairs have changed over the years, and discusses the conditions organizations need to meet to ensure students value their participation in these important events.
NACE’s Class of 2015 Student Survey found that nearly 70 percent of graduating seniors used alumni in their job search, and a majority rated alumni as a very or extremely effective job-search resource.
Employers recruiting STEM students would do well to provide them with the information they most seek, including that about current job openings, job descriptions for entry-level positions, and salaries/compensation, according to results of NACE’s Class of 2015 Student Survey.
During its 60th anniversary year, NACE is honoring its service to the profession, in part, by asking its members to look forward to the year 2021 and help model a vision of the future through polls. Respondents to the fourth poll—regarding the qualities that students will value most in the employers for which they want to work in 2021—anticipate students will be most drawn to a good benefits package.
What do students expect from the employers with which they interact on social media? Students want authenticity, responsiveness, and availability, according to Kristina Hunt and Grace Kiem of Fidelity Investments.
When it comes to employer benefits, STEM students are most interested in receiving guaranteed annual salary increases and 100 percent employer-paid medical insurance, according to results of NACE’s Class of 2015 Student Survey.
While some Class of 2015 STEM majors were interested in a diversity of industries, others were almost singularly focused on a particular industry, lending support to the popular notion that some majors are “piped” into particular types of jobs.
The employer/job characteristics that Class of 2015 STEM majors desire most were opportunities for personal growth, job security, a good benefits package, and friendly co-workers, according to results of NACE's Students in Demand: An Insight Into Class of 2015 STEM Graduates.
When students visit your organization’s career website, they are most likely looking for information about current openings and salaries/compensation and not for employee comments about the organization and internship opportunities, according to NACE’s Class of 2015 Student Survey.
According to NACE's Class of 2015 Student Survey, two major factors that affected students' starting salary expectations were their major field of study and the industry in which they were most interested.
Transformative world events during formative years shapes each generations’ attitudes about work and what it means to be a professional. We can learn from each other once we understand what makes each of us "tick."
Percentage of employers who screen candidates by GPA
Job Outlook 2023
Average number of days from job offer to acceptance
2022 Recruiting Benchmarks Report
Median percent of entry-level professionals hires who are new college graduates.
2022 Recruiting Benchmarks Report
Average percent of eligible interns converted to FTE
2022 Internship & Co-op Survey Report
Percent of interns who are female versus percent of student population that is female
2022 Internship & Co-op Survey Report