Grads Opt For Stability, Not Startups

May 3, 2001 ( - This year's crop of college graduates is more interested in a stable work environment than quick riches, according to a new survey.

Just 12% of today’s college grads are interested in going to work for a start-up, a drop of more than 50% from a year ago, according to a new survey from JOBTRAK.COM.

Fortune 1000 firms are now the employer of choice, cited by more than a third (36%) of 1000 near-graduate and graduate respondents, up from 31% a year earlier.

A year ago 26% had expressed an interest in working for a start-up. 

Interest in mid-sized employer positions increased somewhat, from 27% to 35%, while 17% were leaning toward self-employed, roughly in line with last year’s findings.