NSSE results from the new Career & Workforce Preparation Topical Module are featured in the Strada Foundation report, Understanding Undergraduates’ Career Preparation Experiences. The Strada Foundation is partnering with NSSE to support module development and new lines of research on work and career preparation. We’re grateful to the more than 90 institutions that chose this module and hope this report, the webinar recording, and our blog, Graduating During a Pandemic: Seniors’ Views About Their Career & Workforce Preparation, help advance institutional assessment activities.
The webinar focuses on seniors’ results, including the types of career-building activities they engaged in and their confidence in workplace skills. Findings highlight the importance of social capital-building activities, such as networking with alumni and professionals, in shaping students’ feelings of career clarity and confidence as well as the ability for work and internships to meaningfully influence future career plans. With special attention to differences in first-generation and continuing-generation student experiences, findings also illuminate where intentional attention can be paid to ensure equity in career-building outcomes for current and future undergraduates.