YOUNG­STERS SHUN HIGH SALARIES FOR "IN­TER­EST­ING" JOBS

Here's what young peo­ple say is im­por­tant about their fu­ture ca­reers, and what jobs they want to have

Coventry Telegraph - - NEWS - By ALICE CACHIA

JOB sat­is­fac­tion and se­cu­rity are more im­por­tant to young peo­ple than hav­ing high salaries, new anal­y­sis has re­vealed.

A sur­vey from the Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics asked 16-21 yearolds what was most im­por­tant to them in their fu­ture ca­reers.

Nearly three-quar­ters (71%) said that hav­ing an in­ter­est­ing job was very im­por­tant to them, while 60% said that job se­cu­rity was also very im­por­tant.

In­ter­est­ingly, just a quar­ter of 1621 year olds said that hav­ing a high in­come was very im­por­tant.

The data also shows the dif­fer­ence between the dream jobs we de­sire when younger… and the ones we ac­tu­ally get.

The ONS con­ducted a sur­vey in 2011 that asked 16-21 year olds what job they wanted to work in when they were older.

The data then shows the pro­por­tion of 22-29 year olds ac­tu­ally in those jobs in 2017.

Back in 2011, some 11.2% of peo­ple said they wanted to work in the artis­tic, lit­er­ary and me­dia field - which in­cludes jobs such as writ­ers, ac­tors and pro­duc­ers.

But in re­al­ity just 1.4% of 22-29 year olds do so.

That is likely be­cause jobs in this sec­tor are of­ten un­sta­ble - mean­ing many could be free­lance po­si­tions with no real guar­an­tee of when the next job will come in. Some 8.8% of 16-21 year olds as­pired to work in teach­ing and ed­u­ca­tion jobs in 2011, of which 4.5% ended up do­ing so. A fur­ther 8.2% of young peo­ple said they wanted to work in health pro­fes­sional roles, such as phar­ma­cists, den­tists and vets though just 1.7% did so as of last year. The most com­mon jobs for peo­ple aged 22-29 have changed a lit­tle, too, from 2011-2017.

While sales as­sis­tants and re­tail cashiers re­main the most com­mon job (at 6.9% in 2011 and 6.2% in 2017) oth­ers have shifted in rank.

The car­ing pro­fes­sional ser­vice was the se­cond most pop­u­lar job type for 22-29 year olds in 2017, up from fourth place in 2011.

Teach­ing and ed­u­ca­tion was the se­cond most com­mon job in 2011, but dropped to third place as of last year.

While young peo­ple are less con­cerned about hav­ing a job with a high salary, it seems their es­ti­ma­tions of how much they are likely to earn are wildly off the mark. Nearly a third (33%) of 16-21 year olds say they ex­pect a salary of between £30,000-£39,999 by the age of 30 if they have a de­gree. But data from the An­nual Sur­vey of Hours and Earn­ings shows a more sober­ing fig­ure - with only 19% achiev­ing that much.

Fewer than 2% of young peo­ple end up work­ing in the artis­tic, lit­er­ary and me­dia sec­tor Some 4.8% of 22-29 year olds work in car­ing and per­sonal ser­vices roles

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