Trends & Predictions

  1. A group of college graduates taking a selfie.
    College Is Worth It: Class of 2024 Says College Prepared Them Well for Their Careers

    Nearly 90% of the college Class of 2024 indicated that their institution prepared them for the next step in their career, according to results of NACE’s 2024 Student Survey.

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    Exploring the Influence of Course-Based Career Experiences and Faculty on Students’ Career Preparation

    The effective preparation of college students for careers is an important college outcome. Yet, employers and the public increasingly feel that universities are not doing enough to prepare students for the workforce

  3. A female professional smiles.
    Measuring Competency Proficiency: The Career Readiness Pilot Project

    The NACE Center and SkillSurvey collaborated on a pilot project to determine how to best measure career readiness; results of the initial phase are highlighted.

  4. A student sits with her college mentor to go over her career readiness.
    Beyond the Skills Gap

    Systemic reform centered on active learning is essential to cultivate career competencies.

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    Career Readiness Meets Institution-Wide Outcomes Measures

    This is the time to marry two potent forces in higher education—college to career readiness and systematic focus on shared institutional outcomes. Career services has much to offer as the whole campus aligns to assure that students graduate with experiences and credentials that reflect genuine capacities that will serve them well in securing work with solid prospects and lives of meaning and agency.

  6. An student gains experience outside of the classroom.
    The Co-curricular Connection: The Impact of Experiences Beyond the Classroom on Soft Skills

    In spring 2014, the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) and NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation launched a working group to look at how the soft skills gained through participation and employment in co-curricular experiences helped to prepare students for their careers. The goal was to identify ways that students are gaining skills that make them more desirable to employers by participating in programs in collegiate recreation and campus activities and by engaging in student employment in the fields of collegiate recreation and campus activities.