Rather than use these traditional success indicators to inform hiring practices, employers may need to think creatively about what achievement looks like in college. Our contention is that the most nimble students may be most likely to succeed in the workplace. Perhaps the students who have demonstrated that they can thrive in multiple environments during college are those most apt to succeed in jobs after college, especially in today’s turbulent times.
To this end, we give you the transfer student.
Who Are Transfer Students?
Transfer students often take different pathways to earn their degrees. “Reverse transfers” are those who switch from a four-year to a two-year institution. “Lateral transfers” are those who move between four-year institutions. “Summer swirlers” attend a different institution during the summer, and “upward transfers” enroll first at a two-year college, then at a four-year institution.