Graduation is coming up quickly and a new wave of individuals will be entering the workforce. SimplyHired.com recently surveyed the graduating class of college students to get their perspective on job opportunities, post-graduation.
Still on the job search for your first job after college? Not to worry...you’re in good company. Only 20% of students surveyed last month had secured a full-time job for after graduation. The majority of new college graduates recently started their job search in the three months prior to graduation, and a confident 70% feel prepared to enter the workforce when the time comes. Internships played a part in preparing for the job search, with 68% of students reporting having at least one internship on their resumes.
When asked what was most important about a future employer, the majority of new college grads selected job security (33%) over other characteristics, including salary (23%) and healthcare and other benefits (23%). This isn’t surprising, given this year’s graduating class entered college during the height of the recession. Students also hoped for stability in their first job, with the majority (41%) planning to stay with their employers for at least a year, and another 38% aiming to stay two or more years.
Although security and stability are top of mind, the majority of respondents surveyed feel optimistic about their opportunities in the job market after college. Where will these new grads land? Seventy-eight percent of students are willing to relocate for their first job, and 29% would be open to moving anywhere! Company size is a determining factor, as the majority of students would prefer to work at small or medium sized businesses (39%), and another 27% were interested in joining a large corporation.
Check out the full results of Simply Hired’s college grad survey, along with tips for recruiters looking to hire new college grads in 10 Tips for Hiring New College Graduates.