August 17, 2016 | By NACE Staff
Spotlight for Recruiting Professionals
As has been true for several years, 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.
Eighty-seven percent of bachelor’s degree graduates rated the opportunity for personal growth as either “extremely important” or “very important.” (See Figure 1.)
Other top preferences included friendly co-workers, a good benefits package, and job security. Students expressed the least interest in a casual work environment, a “green” company, a job located close to home, and a well-recognized company.
NACE’s 2016 Student Survey was conducted February 16 – April 30, 2016; more than 23,000 students at colleges and universities nationwide took part, including 5,600 graduating seniors. The survey report will be available in September.
Figure 1: Job/employer preferences
Percent of employers that allocated more resources to recruit historically marginalized students
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Percent of students seeking employer that embraces diversity
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Percent of employers with a formal diversity recruiting effort
2021 Recruiting Benchmarks Survey Report