Students expect degrees to pay off
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.