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  • Quick Poll: Revoking Offers to Class of 2020 Grads Levels Off

    June 26, 2020 | By NACE Staff

    Trends & Predictions
    A group of graduates from the Class of 2020.

    TAGS: best practices, internships, operations, trends and predictions, nace insights, coronavirus

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    NACE launched its fourth Coronavirus Quick Poll on June 1; the poll will run through June 30. NACE’s June employer quick poll covers job offers, including revoked offers and delayed start dates, while the current college poll covers services, staffing, budgets, and planning for fall 2020. In addition to new questions, NACE has revived critical questions from past quick polls that needed continued monitoring. Final poll results will be posted on July 2.

    The number of employers that have revoked the offers for full-time jobs they made to Class of 2020 college graduates appears to have peaked for the time being, after growing substantially since NACE asked the question during NACE’s April quick poll.

    Results from NACE’s June Coronavirus Quick Poll reported on June 29 show that 7.5 percent of employers have revoked or will revoke full-time offers to graduates from the Class of 2020. This percentage has climbed overall, although it is down from 9 percent in mid-June.

    On May 1, only 4.4 percent of employers were revoking offers to full-time recruits. As a benchmark, this number reached about 9.5 percent at its peak during the Great Recession of 2008-09.

    On the college side, career centers are clearly providing more services either exclusively online or in a hybrid (in-person and online) format, significantly reducing the amount of services provided exclusively in person. For example, 68 percent of respondents offered drop-in career counseling only in person pre-COVID-19, while only 5 percent of respondents plan to do so in fall 2020.

    Meanwhile, although 32 percent of career centers are still undecided about making changes in scheduling for their fall 2020 career fairs, 55 percent are staying on schedule, but moving fairs to a virtual space. It appears that, as June has progressed, those that were undecided are now deciding to stay on schedule, but move their fairs to a virtual space.

    Results from NACE’s June Coronavirus Quick Poll are available online.