According to the 2006 GenX2Z Anderson Analytics survey (PDF link), the top five websites of choice by college students are:
- MySpace (13% of visits, a 258% increase from 2005)
- facebook.com (11.5%, a 41% increase from 2005)
- youtube.com (4.5%, with no data from 2005 recorded)
- collegehumor.com (3.7%, a 61% decrease from 2005)
- Google.com (3.7%, a 13% decrease from 2005)
That puts Google, Inc. in two of the top ten spots, making any community-oriented website envious of the search engine that also seems to be faring quite well in social networking too.
Does it come as any surprise that Google is the employer of choice by college students? According to another recent survey on CollegeGrad.com, almost half — 49% — of students would rather work at Google than Microsoft (29%) or Yahoo (12%).
Could they score a job? Maybe, if Google really is getting easier on hiring.
So — why do college students want to work at Google?
- Maybe it’s the supercool work environment
- Or it’s the “Google lifestyle“
- Or it’s the fact that Google is king
- Or people want to work for companies that have a lot of really cool blogs (written by real people!)
- Or there’s a desire to get closer to YouTube
- Or it’s the clean kitchens and good food
- Or it’s simply because Google kicks serious butt in search popularity
- Or it’s because Google loves to acquire competitors, thereby affording employees with new opportunities
- Or it’s because Google is seriously rich with only 14 wealthier companies in its way
College students and recent grads: what do you think?