Great News for 2016 College Grads: Most Seniors Have Jobs Lined Up


An astonishing 78% of college seniors have a job lined up upon graduation. This is according to AfterCollege’s survey of 1,360 college undergrads, grad students and recent graduates conducted from April to May. Now in its 8th year, the annual survey uncovers job seeker preferences and trends.

This is great news for college grads, who face much better prospects than those who graduated last year. In 2015, only 14% of college seniors had a job lined up around this time. For employers, this means more competition for the right talent. For job seekers, this means more full-time job and internship opportunities to choose from.

Below is an infographic on some of the survey findings.

Key Findings:

  • GPA doesn’t seem to matter in this economy. Students with a GPA of 2.6-3.0 were more likely to have a job lined up after graduation than those with a GPA between 3.1 and 4.0.
  • Parents, teachers and faculty are among the most influential in students’ career choices. If you’re looking for ideas on what to do with your major, your professors and TAs may be able to provide leads.
  • Finding the right job to apply to and writing a resume and cover letter appear to be the hardest parts of finding a job.
  • One common complaint from students is not hearing back quickly enough from employers. If you don’t hear back, you’re not alone.
AfterCollege 2016 Infographic

AfterCollege 2016 Student Insights


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