The class of 2023 prepares for a future of work, disrupted
How new grads are navigating an uncertain economy, shifting remote work landscape, and next-gen technology.
The class of 2023 is entering the workforce during a period of rapid change. The economy is uncertain, attitudes toward remote and hybrid work are ever-evolving, and new AI technology could completely reshape how work is done.
The report highlights five key things for employers to know about the latest class of graduates entering the workforce:
1. They’re adjusting their priorities
In particular, this class cares less and less about working for a big-name, fast-growing company. Between summer 2022 and spring 2023, we saw a 10 percentage point drop in the share of 2023 graduates who say company brand is a factor in their job search, and a 20 percentage point drop in the share who say a company’s growth rate is a factor.
2 They’re confident in their skills and ready to keep learning
More than 70% of 2023 graduates say they have the skills they need to get the job they want. But they know they’ll need to work to keep up with evolving tech trends—about 75% plan to develop additional tech skills in the next few years.
3 They're tech-savvy, even if they didn't graduate in a STEM degree
More than 80% of 2023 graduates in non-STEM degrees have experience with one or more tech skills, such as data analysis or information technology.
4 They’re split on the impact of generative AI
Among 2023 graduates who are familiar with AI tools like ChatGPT, a majority believe generative AI will impact their field, while a little under half are worried about how generative AI will affect their career.
5 They want in-person connection
Although they appreciate the benefits of remote work, very few 2023 graduates want fully remote jobs, and a majority believe working in person at least some of the time will benefit their careers. More than 7 in 10 would prefer a hybrid work arrangement.
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