Organizations desperate for software engineering talent tend to follow similar plays when it comes to attracting student developers about to enter the workforce, including offering perks like free food, beer, and ping pong. However, student developers have a much stronger appetite for other workplace elements when making employment decisions, according to Student Developer Report 2018 from HackerRank.
The three most important criteria students look for in job opportunities are professional growth and learning (58%), work/life balance (52%), and having interesting problems to solve (46%), according to a survey of 10,350 student developers worldwide. These far outpaced compensation (18%) and perks (11%), which they view as "nice to haves" rather than deal breakers, the survey found.
These results should serve as a wake-up call to companies looking to attract new graduates, keeping these career preferences in mind as they design and market software developer jobs, the report says.
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