In October and November 2011, Career Centers from 20 of the 23 campuses of the California State University conducted a statewide survey of employers who recruit students for professional postgraduate positions. Nine-hundred seventy eight (978) employers responded to the survey. On average, employers responding to the survey recruited for full time positions on 3.2 CSU campuses, and recruited for internships on 2.5 CSU campuses.

Seven key hiring factors

  • Capability to learn what is necessary to be effective in their assignments
  • Oral communication
  • Teamwork
  • Flexibility to respond to changing work demands
  • Potential to contribute to the future success of their organization
  • Written communication
  • Leadership potential
  • Technical skills and representing the diversity of the emerging workplace were also important, but ranked lower than the seven key factors

Four distinctive qualities of CSU graduates

  • Teamwork
  • Flexibility to respond to changing work demands
  • Capability to learn what is necessary to be effective in their assignments
  • Representing the diversity of the emerging workplace