DEI Career-Related Research

Study on Collegiate Financial Wellness for USC

The Study on Collegiate Financial Wellness (SCFW) is a multi-institutional survey of college students that examines the financial attitudes, practices, and knowledge of students from two and four-year higher education institutions across the United States via an online survey administered by the Center for the Study of Student Life and College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University. The survey was administered online during Spring 2020 to random samples of undergraduate students from 85 campuses representing 60 institutions.

Network Trends Report: Gender, Equity, and Gen Z

The newest Handshake Network Trends report, “Gender, Equity, and Gen Z,” analyzes survey results from more than 1,000 college student job seekers ages 18 to 25—the graduating students and early talent that employers need to attract to remain competitive—to gauge the factors that most compel them to apply for certain jobs and find out how diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) play into their career decision-making. View the infographics for Bridging the Gender Gap.

Understanding Employment Pathways for College Students

Students face different barriers when they enter college. Research has shown that first-generation, minoritized, and low-income students, in particular, are less likely to have the networks and experience important for navigating the post-secondary environment, which could have material consequences for students’ career search processes. This research, a USC Career Center partnership with Boston University, Brown University, and RAND Corporation, will correlate student characteristics with disparities in career resource usage and employment outcomes, improving our understanding of how demographic factors influence post-college metrics of success.