WASHINGTON, D.C. — Less than a third of recent college graduates (30%) say they had a good job waiting for them when they graduated. When asked for the main reason they characterized their first good job as “good,” these recent graduates primarily said it was the pay, followed closely by the mission and purpose of the job.
Among all U.S. college graduates, nearly the same percentages chose purpose and pay as the primary reasons they considered their first good job to be a good one.
These results are based on interviews with more than 19,000 U.S. college graduates, including approximately 1,600 who graduated between 2010 and 2019.
Three in 10 Recent Grads Had a Good Job Waiting
In addition to the 30% of recent graduates who report having a good job awaiting them upon graduation, another 26% said they found a good job within six months of graduating. About one in six said it took them more than a year to find a good job.