Negotiating Your Job Offer as a First-Generation College Student

By: Michael Tamsuriyamit August 5, 2021

When you first receive a job offer, what do you think about? Do you think about the money you will be earning, or the amount of vacation days you’ll be getting? Do you think about your future, and how much you need to save to retire?

When people think about the phrase “job offer,” usually one thing comes to mind: the salary. Many people may become so fixated on what they are going to earn as a new employee that they forget the salary is just one of many parts to a job offer. In fact, you can think of a job offer as a package, one that comes with many fringe benefits (e.g. work-schedule flexibility, health insurance, retirement plans, etc.) that may be negotiable. 

In an online event held this past spring, HCAP partnered with Hunter College’s Career Development Services (CDS) Office to host a workshop where students learned how to evaluate and negotiate various parts of a job offer. 



This online event was hosted over zoom on April 15, 2021. The event was part of HCAP’s “Adulting 101” workshop series on financial literacy. The series aimed to examine students’ relationships with money and provide the necessary tools and resources to help them manage their money throughout and after college.