Teenagers focused on getting a good career, poll finds
A new study has found that far from being the self-obsessed generation the media often accuses them as being, today's teenagers are actually more focused and driven towards getting a good job than many of their counterparts in a number of past decades.
The National Citizen Service carried out surveys on 13 to 19-year-olds living in Britain today and then compared them with past research on youngsters who grew up in different eras, including the period just after the First World War and the Baby Boomer period.
It was found that 79 per cent of 'Millennials' named doing well in their work as being of great importance to them, while 14 per cent rated it as the most important thing to them.
This is the most focused on career aspirations that teenagers have been in the past 100 years – indeed, those growing up in the Great Depression of the 1930s were the only youngsters who came close in terms of ambitions.
A big contrast was noted between youngsters today and those born around the First World War, with the early 20th century dwellers more concerned about protecting their country and supporting their family.
Meanwhile, of those aged 54 to 71 now, just 62 per cent had previously said that a successful career was important.
One of the researchers, historian Heather Ellis, told the Sunday Times: "Today's teenagers know they can't depend on having a job for life. Many are so anxious to succeed they're starting to work while still at school, as young as 15, by setting up their own businesses, often using their sophisticated digital skills."
It can be difficult to know what career to choose, but many teenagers today could do well to follow in the footsteps of their ancestors by learning a trade. According to the Institute for Public Policy Research, a sharp rise in the projected number of medium and low-skilled jobs means practical training might hold school-leavers in better stead than those who go on to university.
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