Banker makes list of top five jobs London teenagers dream of doing

Banker is the fourth most popular job

Zlata Rodionova
Friday 13 November 2015 12:38
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City workers smile as they stand in the street during a student demonstration against higher tuition fees and privatisation in universities
City workers smile as they stand in the street during a student demonstration against higher tuition fees and privatisation in universities

Children used to dream of being pop singers, ballerinas or astronauts. Not anymore. A career survey has revealed that a new generation of teenagers are more realistic.

Banker, which was not a top 10 career choice last year, made its entrance as the fourth most popular job chosen by teenagers.

Conducted by Skills London – the capital’s biggest jobs and career event - the research of 16-year-olds across the city, found that medicine, teaching, law were the most popular career aspirations.

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Today’s young people are likely to be more pragmatic than previous generation as they are afraid of not achieving job stability and having a good salary, the survey found.

According to Skills, students think they are less likely to collect high wages in their careers. Whereas 48 per cent of 16-year-olds surveyed in 2014 said that they expected to earn £40,000 a year after five years in employment, just 34 per cent said the same in 2015.

Generally when it comes to earnings , there seemed to be a good deal of realism among students for the short term. Just 25 per cent said they wanted to earn £15,000 to £19,999 in their first year of work, in comparison to 27 per cent last year.

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A further 21 per cent wanted to earn £10,000 to £14,999 an accurate prediction knowing that the average income for a full-time employed between 18 to 21-year-old is £14,403, according to the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings conducted by the Office for National Statistics.

“It’s easy to characterise Generation Z as having unrealistic expectations of work, but actually today’s school-leavers are aspirational realists are focussed on knuckling down and getting well-paid works,” said Mark Hilton Director of Skills at business group London First, which co-organises Skills London.

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