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Seventy percent of college students and recent graduates said they would prefer a stable job without a high level of emotional investment or passion over a position with lots of passion but no job security, according to a recent survey.
Workforce consulting firm Adecco conducted the 2015 College Student Survey of 1,001 Millennial and Generation Z students and graduates ages 18-24 as part of its Way to Work program, which helps prepare young adults for internships and job opportunities. There were 444 respondents from Generation Z (born after 1995) and 557 from the Millennial generation (born between 1980-95).
The survey found that even though the majority (79 percent) of students are optimistic they will find a job in five months or less, and 42 percent believe they will find a job in less than three months, finding a job is still the top concern for both generational cohorts and nearly one-third (32 percent) of all respondents combined. The next most pressing concerns for the groups were the cost of education (16 percent) and their personal financial health (13 percent).
More members of Generation Z (21 percent) ranked the cost of education as their greatest concern compared to just 13 percent of Millennials.
The survey found that most students’ greatest aspiration in the next 10 years is to be financially stable (31 percent), followed by working in their dream job (28 percent). Broken down by generation, a greater share of Millennials (34 percent) aspire to financial stability than Generation Z (29 percent). Likewise, more members of the younger cohort (32 percent) aspire to landing their dream job compared with 24 percent of Millennials.
Other findings include:
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