CLEVELAND, Ohio — Men are more likely than women to say they feel prepared for their careers, according to a new study from education publisher McGraw Hill.
Half of men surveyed said they felt “extremely” or “very prepared” for their future careers, as opposed to 39 percent of women.
More men also said that they were prepared for aspects of starting college. For example, 49 percent of men felt ready for the financial obligations of college, with only 38 percent of women saying the same.
McGraw Hill surveyed more than 1,000 students from across the country. Most students — 61 percent — were under 21, with 19 percent in the 22 to 29 age bracket and 20 percent over 30.
Here are some more takeaways from the study:
More college students feel prepared for their career this year.
More students said they’re “extremely” or “very” prepared for their future careers this year, 41 percent versus 29 percent in 2017.
The majority of college students feel at least moderately prepared for their careers. That number has also increased, from 69 percent in 2017 to 84 percent this year.
Researchers also asked students what would make them more prepared. The majority — 51 percent — said they would have liked more internships and professional experience. About 38 percent said they would have liked more time for career preparation and 28 percent would have liked more networking with alumni.
Nearly a third of students surveyed were nontraditional
Just over 30 percent of respondents said they did something else before entering college. Of those, 43 percent said they went into the workforce. About 23 percent said they took a gap year and 13 percent finished a certificate first.
The majority of those who worked right after high school, about 62 percent, spent more than five years in the workforce. About 38 percent worked more than 10 years.
Non-traditional students felt more prepared for their careers after college than non-traditional students, according to the results.
Taking advantage of career services can be key
Students who said they used career services at their colleges also reported feeling more prepared for their careers. But less than half of students surveyed said they used the services their colleges offered.
A majority of students said their colleges offered are job fairs, career advisors and resume review. The types of services that fewer students said their university offers are placement centers (27 percent), mentoring and shadowing (36 percent) and alumni networks (40 percent).
Four-year colleges are more likely to offer career services.
Getting jobs after college
Students are confident about their ability to get a job post-grad. About 30 percent of students anticipated getting a job prior to graduation. More than 70 percent of students anticipate getting a job within a year of graduation.
Of the respondents, 41 percent expected to stay in their first jobs for three to five years. About 21 percent expected staying for one to two years.
Women are more concerned about problems post-grad, especially in financial areas. About 62 percent of female respondents were worried about making enough money to live comfortably, as opposed to 56 percent of men. Women were also significantly more worried about paying back student loans than men.
Of all the categories surveyed, men were only more worried than women in terms of whether they would have to move post-graduation.
Read the full results from the survey in the document viewer below.