2023 graduates interested in jobs with tech skills, but don’t want to work in Big Tech

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A Handshake report reveals that 2023 graduates exhibit interest in tech-related roles but are less inclined to work for major tech companies. Searches for leading tech brands dropped 15% compared to the previous year. Graduates are drawn to industries like retail, finance, and manufacturing, with companies like Raytheon, Nike, and Capital One topping their lists. Graduates are tech-savvy, even outside tech majors, with over 80% having experience in skills such as data analysis and IT.

2023 graduates are more likely to be interested in jobs with tech skills, but don’t want to work in Big Tech.

These are the findings of a new report, released by Handshake, the college and new-grad career site. According to the research, searches for major tech brands by the class of 2023 were down almost 15% compared to the class of 2022. Instead, the class of 2023 is more likely to search for top companies in industries like retail, finance, and manufacturing.

The top trending companies include Raytheon, Nike, Capital One, Toyota, Morgan Stanley and NASA, amongst others. Top trending job and skill words include Cybersecurity, UX Designer, SQL, Software Developer, Java, Machine Learning and Data Science.

The report also found that recent graduates are tech-savvy, even if they didn’t major in a tech field. More than 80% of 2023 graduates majoring in non-tech fields have experience with one or more tech skills, such as data analysis or information technology.

While they are confident in their skills, the class of 2023 are also ready to keep learning. More than 70% of 2023 graduates say they have the skills they need to get the job they want. But they know they’ll need to work to keep up with evolving tech trends—about 75% plan to develop additional tech skills in the next few years.


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