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77.8% Gen Z Students Say It Is Important To Focus On Their Career: Survey

Brainly survey reveals career priorities of Gen Z amidst preparation for exams

Career emerges as the most important criterion for Gen Z when preparing for exams. Brainly, a doubt-solving platform for students and parents, conducted an online survey to understand what motivates the students to put extra hours into preparing for their exams. Brainly polled nearly 4,000 Gen Z students about their career expectations, which revealed a distinct change in how they consider salaries, status, social impact, and more.


Career is the most important parameter followed by salary, status, social impact, and more for Gen Z members than it was for their parents. This is a significant finding of a survey conducted by Brainly, which is used by over 5.5 crore students, parents, and educators in India.


Interestingly, in the United States, a similar survey of 5,000 people compared Gen Z responses to previous generations – millennials, Gen X, and boomers. Only 66.8 per cent of Gen Z respondents selected ‘salary’ as an important option. This is nearly 20 per cent less than what those their parents’ age and above indicated. Among Gen Z, college students in the USA (51.2 per cent) were the least concerned about salary.


In the Indian survey, 77.8 per cent of the students polled said they gave more importance to preparing for a future career. When considering a future job, 39 per cent of high school students said they valued high-paying jobs, and 36.2 per cent of middle school students said that they preferred high paying jobs.  54.1 per cent of middle school students said they would be happy working remotely in future jobs. 50.8 per cent of high school students said they would prefer remote working.  When it comes to choosing a job, 52.8 per cent of all students polled said salary is the most significant factor. 35.2 per cent of all students said they would value the job title more than the salary.


The primary motive for students to work was to help their families, according to 56.1 per cent of the respondents while 49.6 per cent of high school students wanted to make money to save for the future. While 41 per cent of the respondents wanted to make money for personal enjoyment, 63 per cent of students believe their current education is preparing them for their desired careers.


When asked to choose between a ‘repetitive but high-paying job at a huge, for-profit firm’ and a ‘stimulating but low-paying position with an environmental awareness organisation’, nearly 64 per cent of Gen Z respondents chose the former.


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