TAGS: trends and predictions, surveys, coronavirus
NACE launched its fourth Coronavirus Quick Poll on June 1 as it continued to collect data from both employers and colleges to assess critical issues facing the field—from job offers to operations—as a result of this pandemic. The poll ran through June 30; these are the final results.
Updated July 1, 2020
The June employer quick poll covered job offers, including revoked offers and delayed start dates, while the June college poll addressed services, staffing, budgets, and planning for fall 2020. In addition to asking new questions, NACE revived critical questions from past quick polls that needed continued monitoring. Please see the charts below this summary for more results.
Employers (n = 246)
Although a relatively small percentage of employers revoked the offers for full-time jobs they made to Class of 2020 college graduates, the number peaked for the time being, after growing substantially since NACE asked the question during NACE’s April quick poll. Still, delaying start dates or having full-time hires begin to work remotely were more common responses through June.
Colleges (n = 477)
Both students and employers should expect reduced in-person career services available in the fall, with services shifting online or into a hybrid (in-person and online) format. While career fairs generally appeared to be staying on schedule, they, too, planned to move online at a substantial rate.
Employers (n = 339)
As we have seen in the results from our previous polls, employers are trying to avoid making decisions until they have more information, with particular interest in what their college counterparts will do in the fall. In order to fully plan, for example, employers want to know if their target schools will be on-campus, virtual, or hybrid. It appears that a large group of employers are hoping to stay on their familiar recruiting schedule, but, for example, 38 percent are still waiting to see how the situation continues to unfold. Although we have been in the grips of this pandemic for two to three months by now, there is still a lack of visibility into the future of the economy.
Colleges (n = 600)
Colleges have shown deeper cuts, spending freezes, and greater uncertainty in planning for the fall than have their employer counterparts. For example, about 50 percent of colleges implemented spending freezes compared to about 20 percent of employers. Another instance of uncertainty is demonstrated by 55 percent of colleges remain undecided about the timing of their career fairs in fall 2020.
Colleges (n = 493)
Colleges have shown deeper cuts, spending freezes, and greater uncertainty in planning for the fall than have their employer counterparts:
Although employers have been trying to maintain a wait-and-see approach, it appears they are starting to make difficult decisions regarding job offer revocations, adaptations to summer 2020 internships, and expectations for recruiting the Class of 2021. See the charts below for full details.
Colleges appear to have settled into how they are interacting with students and providing services, but they are starting to make decisions on holding career fairs in fall 2020 and how they will facilitate employer recruiting interviews. Please see the charts below for more details.
Average percent of eligible interns converted to FTE
2021 Internship & Co-op Report
Average percent of eligible interns receiving a job offer
2021 Internship & Co-op Report
Mean hourly rate for bachelor’s-level intern
2021 Guide to Compensation for Interns & Co-ops
Percentage of employers who screen candidates by GPA
Job Outlook 2021 Spring Update
Percent of employers expecting to conduct “hybrid” internship programs this summer
Spring 2021 Quick Poll: Summer Internships and Fall Recruiting
Percent of employers who expect internship programs to have a virtual component
August 2021 Quick Poll: Fall Recruiting