Note: This is the second part of a two-part blog on how colleges and universities can respond to the findings of Noel-Levitz’s 2014 National Freshman Attitudes Report.
In the first part of this post, I noted that college students’ involvement with career planning often occurs at the end of their educational experience, when they are almost ready to graduate. But the information in Noel-Levitz’s just-released 2014 National Freshman Attitudes Report reveals that freshmen—whether they are 18 or 35—are asking for this assistance from the very beginning of their college careers:
- Upon their arrival on campus, 47 percent of incoming freshmen last year wanted career counseling.
- Just over 21 percent of entering freshmen reported being “very confused” about which career occupation to pursue.
- The majority of entering freshmen in the study (67 percent) wanted help with developing an educational plan “to get a good job.”
So how can your institution respond to these data? The following five additional recommendations go beyond the first four suggestions from part one of this two-part blog post.