San Francisco, CA, May 7, 2014 – Results of the 2014 AfterCollege Career Insights Survey, conducted among college students and recent grads, reveal unique glimpses into the millennial mindset, including a growing sense of anxiety about the transition to the working world and whether college is actually preparing students for life beyond the classroom.
Job Market Getting Tougher for College Grads?
83% of graduating seniors said they didn’t have a job lined up as of April 2014, despite 72.7% reporting that they were actively looking for one. This is a jump from the 80% of graduating seniors who didn’t have a job lined up at the same time last year.
These numbers don’t vary significantly, even for more “marketable” majors—81.6% of engineering, technology, and math majors didn’t have jobs lined up, and business students didn’t fare much better with 85.1% saying they hadn’t lined up jobs either.
Students Need More Than Colleges Are Providing for Career Help
Only 52% of 2014 respondents believe college adequately prepares students for the working world. This is a significant drop since last year, when 69.4% of respondents believed college was preparing them for their careers.
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