One third rejects private sector
In the Universum Student Survey 2014 among more than 30.000 students in Germany, 15 percent of respondents said they preferred their first job in the public sector - compared to 7 percent in the previous year.
According to other surveys, such as the EY student study 2014, two in three students see public service as a particularly promising industry. Nearly a third of respondents reject the private sector as a whole for their future career path.
Refuge at fatherland?
Does this generation seek refuge in “Father State”? And what does this mean for them Company? Do you have to worry about the executives going out?
It is clear that the labor market is changing fundamentally. In many areas, it is now the case that employees do not apply to employers, but vice versa.
Work-life balance as the first goal?
In addition, the compatibility of private life and work is by far the most important career goal for “Generation Y”. This generation approaches future employers much more confidently and with greater sophistication than previous generations. With good wages and status, young people can no longer be fobbed off.
However, a closer look at the results of our surveys shows that around a third of those surveyed are aiming for the career goal of becoming a senior executive. Generation Y is not just looking for a work-life balance. She is also ready to take responsibility.
From hunters and idealists
In order to be able to better understand the wishes and expectations of the students, Universum has assigned a total of seven career profiles to the survey participants: Leaders, Careerists, Entrepreneurs, Hunter, Harmonies Seekers, Idealists and Internationalists.
The assignment is based on the answers students give when asked about the criteria that are particularly important to them when assessing the attractiveness of an employer.
What makes Leader?
If we should actually run out of executives, we should be able to demonstrate this using the survey data for the survey participants categorized as “leaders”.
Leaders are ready to take on responsibility and are looking for positions where they can develop and ultimately demonstrate their leadership skills. The proportion of “leaders” in the surveys should therefore be relatively low if the thesis of rare managers is correct.
Differences depending on the degree
The opposite is the case: in Germany around one in four students from business-related departments today has the profile of a “leader”. It is the most common career profile. However, the proportion of leaders is not the same in every subject:
While 31 percent of the economists are counted among the leaders, this is only 23 percent of the engineers to be approached, and only 20 percent of the young IT experts. Leadership among the natural scientists is particularly rare: only 19 percent of them can be assigned to this profile.
Wishes and ideas of the target group
So the managers do not go out of our way. However, it is becoming more and more important for employers to get to know the aspirations and wishes of their target groups, and specifically to address those who have exactly the personality profiles that best fit the tasks in the company.
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