Survey Reveals GCSE Students Want Good Salary Over Career Helping Others

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27th August 2013 16:19 - Education

A survey of almost 300 GCSE students, by KPMG, a professional services firm – revealed that two thirds (66%) put earning a good salary as their top post-school priority, while just over three tenths (35%) said they wanted to go into a career helping others.

In addition, the survey found that just over one in four (27%) wanted to set up their own company – as opposed to having their future in the hands of someone else.

Respondents did not believe, either, that it was necessary to get on with their bosses – with just over a third (35%) saying it mattered – whereas three quarters (75%) thought it essential to get on well with their fellow employees.

Today’s school leavers also do not want to work long hours to secure their rewards, well over half (62%) said they would only pick a career which gave them a good work-life balance.

Incidentally, GCSE students did not share the same belief as employers – that numerical and analytical skills are essential in an employee. Instead, respondents felt that communication skills (44%) and creativity (23%) were of more importance.

Furthermore, they also predicted the death of the email within the next thirty years with video messaging taking over from it – over three fifths (62%) believed the importance of services such as Skype would continue to grow.

Meanwhile, in a separate study of almost 1,800 GCSE students, a third believed they were being “pushed” into going on to take A-Levels and then to university – rather than being offered advice about vocational routes or apprenticeships.

Sarah Clover, Communication Director for the site www.notgoingtouni.co.uk, said:

“One thing has become clear from this research and that is that schools and colleges alike are failing young people when it comes to careers advice that doesn’t revolve around further education and going to university.”

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