In the spring of 2017 Gallup and Strada Education Network conducted a nationally representative survey of currently enrolled college students, to assess how confident students are of succeeding in the workplace, how their field of study, age, and class year affect their level of confidence, and how they use and value university resources, including faculty interactions, to explore career and academic options.
The Gallup-Strada survey results emphasize that students’ level of confidence in their ability to succeed in a career after college is largely affected by their interaction with and mentorship by faculty and staff, as well as by their access to career specific institutional support.
A few findings:
Students who receive career-specific support from faculty and staff feel the most prepared for the workforce.
Students who have had a faculty or staff member initiate a conversation about career options are more confident in their workforce outcomes.
Faculty and staff commitment to helping students find rewarding careers enhances student confidence in their career prospects.
Results from this survey have been shared with numerous Meredith campus constituents, for use in a variety of ways, including marketing, assessment, and program improvement efforts.