EY Poll: Students Pick Challenging Jobs Over Fame or Fortune
Highlights of the results:
- 81% of the students expect to be better off than their parents, and 59% expect to become millionaires in their lifetime.
- For most students, the No. 1 workplace goal is to continue to learn and grow (39%), perform meaningful work (25%), and become an influential leader (23%). Only a few chose the ability to earn a lot of money (15%) or become well-known (1%)
- The students' biggest personal priorities are family (39%), an advanced degree (33%), and friends and social life (21%).
- Most expect pressures related to balancing their personal and professional lives. But they don't blame the clients of accounting firms. Instead, most expect the pressure will come from themselves (54%), their peers, colleagues or supervisors (26%), or their spouse or partner (15%).
The survey was conducted at the recent Ernst & Young International Intern Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida. Commenting on the results, EY's James Freer said, "Young people today are entering the workforce with a strong sense of confidence in themselves despite an uncertain economic outlook, and we feel their determination to succeed is very promising."