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ERIC Number: ED526915
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
2010 Student Survey. Research Brief
National Association of Colleges and Employers (NJ1)
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) conducts an annual survey of college students to identify: (1) how students approach the job market as they near graduation; (2) how responsive the market is to the graduating students; (3) the resources students use to seek their first full-time job after getting their degree; and (4) the preferences students have regarding job and/or employer attributes that may impact their decision for whom to work or not to work. Each year, the survey contains a particular focus. This year, the focus is on how the Class of 2010 adjusted to the experiences of its predecessor group, the Class of 2009, in dealing with a poor hiring environment. The following are some of the major findings from the survey: (1) The depressed job market in 2010 had a clear impact on the plans of graduating seniors; (2) Seniors from the Class of 2010 who did plan on entering the job market were more inclined to pursue possible opportunities in teaching and the nonprofit sector than previous classes, even the Class of 2009; (3) Besides their plans after graduation, the Class of 2010 exhibited that they learned from the experiences of the Class of 2009 in their reaction to the job offers they received; (4) Academic major had a significant impact on the relative success candidates had in securing an offer and in the compensation related to the offer; (5) Other than academic major, two other general factors could be identified that had a significant impact on either getting an offer or the salary associated with the offer. These factors were having internship experience prior to graduation and the gender of the student; and (6) Job location was a particular concern with this year's graduates. They clearly wanted to find a job close to their families.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Colleges and Employers