February 24, 2016 | By NACE Staff
TAGS: STEM, student attitudes, nace insights
Spotlight for Recruiting Professionals
What characteristics do STEM graduates most desire in the employers they want to work for and the positions they seek? The most resonant characteristics among all STEM majors were opportunities for personal growth, job security, a good benefits package, and friendly co-workers, according to results of NACE's upcoming report Students in Demand: An Insight Into Class of 2015 STEM Graduates.
Figure 1 shows the percentage of Class of 2015 STEM graduates planning to enter the work force who rated each of 15 employer and job characteristics as either a four ("very important") or a five ("extremely important") using a five-point scale.
The results of the STEM students were consistent with the preferences among members of the Class of 2015 overall.
Other somewhat popular preferences for all STEM majors included clearly defined assignments—which was particularly important to biology and mathematics majors—and recognition for good performance—which was particular important to physical science majors.
However, by major, STEM students' employer/job preferences were varied in three areas:
Students in Demand: An Insight Into Class of 2015 STEM Graduates will be available later this winter.
Figure 1: Employer/job preferences of Class of 2015 STEM graduates
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