Stu­dents ex­pect de­grees to pay off

Kapi-Mana News - - EDUCATION -

Stu­dents to­day ex­pect high salaries, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent Col­mar Brun­ton poll.

A sur­vey of 220 New Zealand ter­tiary stu­dents showed more than 22 per cent ex­pect to be earn­ing more than $100,000 a year by the time they are 30 and 75 per cent ex­pect to earn at least $60,000 a year, de­spite the aver- age wage be­ing much lower. The lat­est fig­ures from Sta­tis­tics New Zealand showed the av­er­age in­come for those with a bach­e­lor’s de­gree or higher was just over $57,000 a year.

The sur­vey also found stu­dents tend to get their news from con­ver­sa­tions with other peo­ple or so­cial me­dia sites as op­posed to buy­ing the news­pa­per ev­ery day, the habit of just 5 per cent.

Ac­cord­ing to Spencer Wil­lis, a youth spe­cial­ist and qual­i­ta­tive re­search di­rec­tor for Col­mar Brun­ton: ‘‘To­day’s stu­dents are am­bi­tious and now ex­pect a high re­turn on their stud­ies which is no sur­prise when fees are ris­ing al­most ev­ery year.

‘‘ But fam­ily val­ues are still high, with mums get­ting the most votes for the coolest per­son in their lives.’’

Mum was the coolest for the big­gest num­ber of re­spon­dents, at 15 per cent, fol­lowed by a mu­si­cian they’re cur­rently into and an ac­tor or celebrity. Dad was sixth on the list for just 6 per cent.

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