Spotlight for Career Services ProfessionalsJuly 23, 2014
Graduating seniors needing help with their job searches are more likely to visit their campus’ career center multiple times, according to results of NACE’s 2014 Student Survey.
The percentage of graduating seniors who reported they visited their career center for assistance multiple times during the course of the year climbed from 42.8 percent in 2013 to 49.8 percent in 2014. This is the highest number yet recorded in the survey.
There are indications that the increased use of the career center may have had a positive impact on the ability of this year’s class to land a job prior to graduation. Overall, the offer rate for those who used the career center improved modestly, increasing by 1.3 percent over those who did not use the career center.
However, there was a more significant improvement if the student was a minority, particularly an African-American. African-American graduating seniors who visited their career centers had an offer rate 15 percentage points higher than African-American graduates who chose to enter the job market without assistance from the career center.
NACE collected data for the 2014 Student Survey from February 15 to April 30, 2014. A total of 43,864 students responded from 696 NACE member institutions throughout the United States. Of these responses, 10,210 came from bachelor's degree seniors who indicated that they would be getting their degrees by August 2014. This story is based on the responses from this group of seniors. NACE will release the 2014 Student Survey report in the fall.
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