They’re often called Generation Y or, less favourably, the Peter Pan generation. They’re the 18 to 20 somethings who have turned their back on their parents’ punishing pursuit of pay and prestige in favour of more holistic priorities – seeing the world, a greater work-life balance, and more emotionally-rewarding forms of work.
The fraught economic conditions of the last eighteen months and the continued fragility of the economy have left no organisation, public or private, and no individual, executive or graduate, untouched from redundancies, cut backs, hire freezes and cuts in public spending. Nowhere has the impact been felt more deeply and profoundly than in talent management and recruitment.
In March 2010 The Student Room conducted research among 1,010 users of it’s website, including sixth formers, undergraduates and graduates. The findings provide new insight into the career aspirations and motivations of British young people and graduates. There are clear lessons for the recruitment sector.
You could hardly blame young people for not having much of an interest in politics; aside from the usual stereotype of aging, upper middle class men discussing issues that don’t affect them, the recent scandals surrounding politicians doesn’t do much to portray politics as a subject that young people should be interested in.
A staggering 74% of students aged 21 and under completely disregard all risks and warnings when it comes to the illegal downloading of music, films and games
In a site wide survey carried out March 2009 we asked 1144 students what the best and worst things about university open days were
Graduates are convinced that they will eventually work in their preferred career, and are prepared to take several steps to get there.
Read the agr report here.
” My first post on The Student Room (TSR) was a worried question in the Cambridge forum, giving my relatively unimpressive grades and asking whether or not I stood a chance of getting into Oxbridge. Nine months, hundreds of posts and one change of heart later, I received an offer from Oxford to read English.”
Tuesday 30 March
Economic gloom is failing to dampen the career ambitions of the UK’s graduate population.
According to new research from The Student Room, the UK’s leading student social networking site, graduates’ and current university students’ sense of determination is reflected in the fact that eight out of 10 (83 per cent) are convinced that they will eventually work in their preferred career, and are prepared to take several steps to get there.
Tuesday 30 March 2010
Research from The Student Room reveals:
- Graduates are committed to ‘booster’ jobs to pave way to preferred career
- Graduates now expect multiple careers, changing both recruitment and retention thinking
- Undergraduates are deciding on career routes before university, meaning recruiters need to target candidates from an earlier age
- Young people’s own research and work experience is informing decisions more than recruitment ads, milkrounds or careers advisors, which recruiters need to embrace