Google tops college grads' job choices
A survey of nearly 60,000 college students reveals not only top hopes for employers, but other concerns and priorities as well.
Tue, May 15, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Recent college graduates may have just entered the work force, but that isn’t stopping them from having high expectations when it comes to their job search. According to new research, Google was the most desired employer for business and information technology students. The company was also fourth on the list for engineering students and students with other majors.
While Google was the top choice among business and IT majors, NASA was the most desired place to work for engineering students. Among students majoring in liberal arts, education and humanities, working at the Walt Disney Co. was the top choice. Apple was also top choice among students from all majors. Other companies on the list included:
Microsoft (second among IT students)
Facebook (fourth among IT students)
JP Morgan (sixth among business students)
Nike (seventh among business students)
Boeing (second among engineering students)
General Electric (fifth among engineering students)
United Nations (second among liberal arts and other majors)
Teach for America (third among liberal arts and other majors)
The survey of nearly 60,000 undergraduates also revealed that undergraduates were most concerned about job security and work-life balance as they begin their job search. In particular work-life balance was both a top priority and a large point of contention among students and their future employers. [7 Ways to Improve Your Work-Life Balance]
"This is a huge topic," Kortney Kutsop, employer branding specialist at Universum, said. "For a lot of executives there is a negative perception of the term, thinking that the young generation just wants to work less. For young people, it's all about working in an environment where they feel comfortable to express themselves and they know that they and their colleagues will be respected."
The information in this survey was based on the responses of 59,643 undergraduates at 318 universities and colleges. The research was performed for Universum, an international company that specializes in employee branding and improving communication between students and their future employers.
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