New Survey Results: Recent Grads Leave First Jobs Quickly

COM15AE_2_10_16_ReleaseChart_America71% Stay for One Year or Less; Three Years of Results Show Generally Consistent Trends

Express Employment Professionals recently released new survey results indicating that more than two-thirds of recent college graduates stay at their first career jobs for one year or less.

The findings come from a survey of 134 Express franchisees across the nation. Respondents were asked, “How long does the average recent college graduate stay on their first career job following graduation?” A “recent college graduate” was defined as an individual graduating within the last 18 months.

Three percent said “less than three months,” and 10% said “three to six months.” The majority, 58%, said “seven months to a year,” while 29% said “more than one year.”

In 2014, fewer respondents (23%) said “more than one year,” while more (63%) said “seven months to one year.”

“While these results would indicate a slight increase of recent grads staying on their first jobs longer than a year, we’re still seeing that most young workers will leave their first jobs fairly quickly,” said Bob Funk, CEO of Express. “This is a trend we have been observing for a while, meaning the declining unemployment rate hasn’t dramatically altered respondents’ views.

“Younger workers would be advised to stay in their first job longer in order to gain experience. In addition, employers are looking for loyal people. If a business owner or manger spends months training a person, it’s only right for that employee to put their new skills to work for that organization.”

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