AfterCollege 2018-2019 Student Survey Report – How students find jobs

AfterCollege Student Research

Each year we conduct a student and recent grad survey to gauge how entry-level job seekers are doing with their job search and how they are fairing. We’re pleased to share the report of our most recent findings. Thank you to all the students and professors who helped us gather insight for this report.

Key Findings:

  • Only 28% of college seniors had a job lined up in the Spring of 2018, almost the same as in the previous year.
  • Most Seniors had at least one paid internship during their college years.
  • Male respondents were slightly more likely to have a job lined up vs. female respondents, hinting at a possible gender gap.
  • Summer, early Fall and early Spring are the times when students are most active in searching for jobs and internships. This remained unchanged from the previous year.
  • Parents, teachers and faculty are among the most influential people in students’ career choices.
  • Email and job postings on employer websites and job boards remain the top channels through which job seekers prefer to learn about jobs.
  • Work/life balance, opportunity of advancement, medical benefits and a flexible work schedule are the top factors for students when considering a job, in addition to salary.
  • Text-messaging, despite the hype, is not popular with entry-level job seekers for communicating with employers.

Download the full 2018 AfterCollege Student Survey Report