Title of Abstract

What Kinds of Jobs are College Students Looking for Upon Entering the Workforce?

Poster Number

70

Faculty Sponsor (for work done with a non-Winthrop mentor)

Melissa Carsten, Ph.D.

College

College of Business Administration

Department

Accounting, Finance & Economics

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to understand what kinds of jobs current freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are looking for upon entering the workforce in terms of online, hybrid, and in-person jobs. Using a quantitative survey methodology sampling Winthrop College students, we tested hypotheses regarding preferred working location based on their adjustment to virtual work, the amount of flexibility and work-life balance they felt while doing virtual work, and their need for social interaction while working. We also sought to understand whether demographic variables such as age, major, race, gender and potential industry of work affect desired working conditions. These demographics will allow us to separate the data into different subfields that can help us understand our results. Data will be analyzed using descriptive statistics, correlation, and regression analysis. Although data collection is still underway, the results of this study have the potential to inform business practices around whether having dedicated office spaces is still necessary. The results of this survey also have the potential to help businesses focus their resources towards creating desirable work arrangements and allow us to understand the best modalities for future work practices.

Start Date

15-4-2022 12:00 PM

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What Kinds of Jobs are College Students Looking for Upon Entering the Workforce?

The purpose of this study is to understand what kinds of jobs current freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are looking for upon entering the workforce in terms of online, hybrid, and in-person jobs. Using a quantitative survey methodology sampling Winthrop College students, we tested hypotheses regarding preferred working location based on their adjustment to virtual work, the amount of flexibility and work-life balance they felt while doing virtual work, and their need for social interaction while working. We also sought to understand whether demographic variables such as age, major, race, gender and potential industry of work affect desired working conditions. These demographics will allow us to separate the data into different subfields that can help us understand our results. Data will be analyzed using descriptive statistics, correlation, and regression analysis. Although data collection is still underway, the results of this study have the potential to inform business practices around whether having dedicated office spaces is still necessary. The results of this survey also have the potential to help businesses focus their resources towards creating desirable work arrangements and allow us to understand the best modalities for future work practices.