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  • STEM Students Most Want Job Opening Job Description Information From Employers

    May 04, 2016 | By NACE Staff

    Student Attitudes
    A student looks for jobs on her laptop.


    Spotlight for Recruiting Professionals

    Employers recruiting STEM students would do well to provide them with information they most seek—that most closely associated with their pending job searches.

    The top pieces of information for all STEM majors were current job openings, job descriptions for entry-level positions, and salary/compensation information, according to results of NACE’s Class of 2015 Student Survey. (See Figure 1.)

    All STEM majors expressed a secondary interest in opportunities for training and development. In addition, engineering and engineering technology majors expressed the most interest in prospective employers’ products and services.

    On the other hand, STEM graduates expressed little interest in current employees’ comments about the company, employers’ contributions to the community, and internship opportunities.

    Job-seeking students were asked to rank their top three pieces of information they sought from employers during the job-search process from a provided list of eight items. The STEM students’ results are consistent with those from the Class of 2015 overall.

    Results from Class of 2015 STEM graduates are featured in Students in Demand: An Insight Into Class of 2015 STEM Graduates. Highlights from the report are available on NACEWeb.

    Figure 1: What STEM students are looking for in the job search

      Comp. Science Eng. Eng. Tech Math
    Biology Phys.
    Percentage of first-place votes
    Job openings 21.4% 19.8% 22.0% 35.9% 29.3% 18.6%
    Job descriptions for entry-level positions 29.8% 27.3% 24.4% 15.6% 20.7% 23.7%
    Salary/compensation 15.3% 16.3% 14.6% 14.1% 19.3% 20.3%
    Training/development opportunities 13.0% 14.6% 12.2% 17.2% 15.7% 11.9%
    Employer’s products/services 6.9% 11.6% 17.1% 6.3% 4.3% 6.8%
    Internship opportunities 5.3% 2.8% 7.3% 1.6% 3.6% 8.5%
    Employees’ comments about the company 6.1% 5.5% 2.4% 4.7% 2.9% 1.7%
    Employers’ contributions to the community 2.3% 2.2% 0.0% 4.7% 4.3% 8.5%
    Source: Students in Demand: An Insight Into Class of 2015 STEM Graduates, National Association of Colleges and Employers