Trends & Predictions

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    Preferences for Job/Organization Attributes and Benefits Differ by Race and Gender

    When it comes to the attributes of a job and an organization and the benefits the organization offers, there are some differences in student preferences by race and gender.

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    Understanding How Black Women Navigate Their Careers Using Funds of Knowledge

    A study found that mentorship, community, biculturalism, and resilience are crucial resources and skills that Black women can use to advance their careers.

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    Propelling Pay Equity Forward: Strategies for a Fairer Future

    Recent studies reveal that systemic barriers continue to limit progress on achieving pay equity for all, but there are tangible, proven ways that career centers and employers can make an impact.

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    Career Services Has Positive Impact on Outcomes for Women Pursuing STEM Degrees

    A joint research project by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and Break Through Tech uncovered the positive impact career services has on outcomes for women in general and for women pursuing tech careers in particular. The research is detailed in “The Impact of Career Services on Women Pursuing Tech Careers,” which is free to the public.

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    The Impact of Career Services on Women Pursuing Tech Careers

    This study, a collaboration between NACE and Break Through Tech, provides evidence that career services can help level the playing field for women pursuing STEM careers.

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    What Can Be Done to Shrink the Widening Gender Pay Gap?

    Early data from a forthcoming NACE study indicate that the gender pay gap has widened over the past year, with female graduates now earning just 72 cents to every dollar earned by male graduates, down from around 81 cents.

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    The Class of 2023: Inequity Continues to Underpin Internship Participation and Pay Status

    Data provided by more than 2,300 bachelor’s degree-level graduating seniors who took part in NACE’s 2023 Student Survey demonstrate that systemic inequities continue to exist in internships—not only in terms of who takes part, but also in terms of who gets paid.

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    CULTURAL WEALTH, SOCIAL CAPITAL, AND CAREER OUTCOMES: BLACK ALUMNAE IN A MINORITY-SERVING INSTITUTION

    A study at a minority-serving institution uncovers aspects of social and cultural capital that contribute to the college-to-career transition of Black undergraduate women.

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    Keeping Momentum Going by Converting Interns From Historically Marginalized Groups

    Beyond ensuring diversity in the composition of their intern cohort, employers’ ability to convert their interns into full-time hires is a critical component to diversifying their workforce.

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    Takeaways From the Fall 2021 Racial Injustice Quick Poll

    In fall 2021, NACE conducted a quick poll to survey members about the challenges they experienced in addressing the career needs of diverse students.

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    Current Trends in Diversity Recruiting Practices

    Texas Tech University undertook a study of recruiters at Big XII universities to identify current diversity recruiting practices.

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    Racial Disproportionalities Exist in Terms of Intern Representation

    NACE research shows that disproportionalities exist in terms of race/ethnicity and representation by internship attainment and pay type.

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    Women Are Underrepresented Among Paid Interns

    NACE research shows that women are overrepresented among unpaid interns and underrepresented among paid interns.

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    First-Generation Students Underrepresented in Internships

    First-generation college students are overrepresented among “never interns” and underrepresented among paid interns.

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    Quick Poll: How Employers, Colleges Are Responding to Racial Injustice

    For many organizations and institutions that made commitments to take action in response to racial injustice, the work has yet to begin.

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    NACE Quick Poll: Responding to Racial Injustice

    In August 2020, NACE launched quick polls to gauge how institutions, organizations, and individual career services and recruiting offices are responding to the need to address racial injustice.

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    Employers, Colleges Remain Slow to Act on Commitments to Combat Racial Injustice

    NACE’s quick poll assessing our field’s reaction to combat racial injustice show that employers and colleges have been slow to take action.

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    Final Results of NACE Quick Poll Shows Level of Response to Racial Injustice

    The final results of NACE’s recent quick poll show how our field is responding to the need to address racial injustice.

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    Nearly 90% of Employers Have a Diversity Recruiting Strategy for Class of 2021

    More than 87% of responding organizations report that they have a diversity recruiting strategy for the Class of 2021, the second highest level reported in the past seven years.

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    Open the Door: Disparities in Paid Internships

    NACE research shows that paid internships benefit students in their initial post-graduation job search: more job offers, higher starting salaries, and a shorter search. However, the data also show that this path to employment may be exclusive, with racial/ethnic minorities, women, and first-generation students all underrepresented in paid internships.

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    Composition of Internship Cohort Suggests Disconnect With DEI Priorities

    According to results of NACE’s 2021 Internship & Co-op Survey, an average of 62% of interns were white and nearly 58% were male.

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    Diversity Hiring and Authenticity at Work

    Many employers have embraced the idea of authenticity at work, but career services must work with students to anticipate and navigate challenges should these employer efforts still fall short.

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    Reframing Authenticity

    Many employers encourage employees to bring their “authentic” selves to work, but it should ultimately be up to the employee to determine how much of themselves to share.

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    NACE September 2021 Quick Poll: Racial Injustice Follow Up

    In a follow up to its August 2020 quick poll, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) is polling employers and career services professionals on their efforts to address racial injustice in their practices and operations. Results are available in real time.

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    Quick Poll Preliminary Results: More Than Half of Career Centers Have Instituted New DEI PD

    To address and better understand racial injustice and the needs of historically marginalized groups, career centers are providing more professional development for their staff.

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    Quick Poll on Racial Injustice: Preliminary Results Show Much Work Remains

    At this early juncture in NACE’s current quick poll, it seems that there is still progress for employers to make in addressing racial injustice and the needs of historically marginalized groups.

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    Preliminary Poll Results Show Pace of Funding for Recruiting, Serving Marginalized Groups

    URR functions and career services operations have received increased funding and resources to address racial injustice and the needs of historically marginalized groups, just at different paces.

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    A Case Study of Black Students’ Perception of Experiential Learning at PWIs

    Is experiential learning designed for Black students? Erica Lake’s study found that that Black students at PWIs perceive different college experiences from their peers and are not as engaged in experiential learning, even though they may be interested

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    Formal Diversity Recruiting Efforts Climb Among Employers

    The increase in formal diversity recruiting efforts reported continues the growth—and recovery—in this area over the last decade.

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