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How college students really feel about their post-graduation prospects: survey

KRON San Francisco 9/19/2022 Tori Gaines
How college students really feel about their post-graduation prospects: survey © Provided by KRON San Francisco How college students really feel about their post-graduation prospects: survey

(KRON) - Though college students worry a recession may be coming, most feel prepared to face their post-graduation opportunities, according to a recent survey conducted by Student Loan Hero.

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Recent graduates have faced a slew of economic challenges over the past few years. SLH, an online student debt platform, surveyed more than 1,000 American undergraduate students to learn how they feel about their post-grad prospects. Forty-six percent of college students are concerned that they will graduate during a recession. LendingTree’s chief credit analyst Matt Schulz says that’s no surprise.

"We're in such a weird economic situation right now, and nobody knows exactly what the next six months to a year will look like," Schulz says. "Even though unemployment is still low right now, it isn't guaranteed that it'll still be that way when graduation comes around next spring-or anytime after."

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Fifty-nine percent of undergrads feel prepared for their post-grad careers, and 74% are confident that they will be able to get a job in their chosen field. Only 23% of students surveyed want to be fully remote for their first role out of college. Forty-four percent of students want a hybrid role, and 33% of students surveyed said they’d prefer an in-office job.

About a third of those surveyed said they plan to head to graduate school if they can’t get a job in their field after graduating. Women are more likely to pursue further education if they can’t get a job right away, 37% of women would consider grad school, but only 24% of men feel the same.

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