New research released by Censuswide shows that millennials, the newest entrants to the job market, are looking for personal fulfilment in their careers with 50% of them wanting to feel that their job is worthwhile.
Around three quarters, 76%, of students and recent graduates in Southampton feel that emotional rewards in their future career are equally – or more important – than practical ones.
A survey of over 3,000 students and graduates, for the national Get Into Teaching campaign, found that this generation is motivated by altruistic goals with 42% in Southampton wanting to make a positive contribution to society. A third are also looking for a job that will give them a sense of pride.
The recession and the changing world of work may have influenced Southampton-based millennials, as half report that good job security is an important practical element of their future career, with a further 33% saying clear progression routes are a key consideration.
Censuswide found that young people view teaching as a career positively, with almost two-thirds feeling that being a teacher would provide more daily emotional rewards than most other careers. Moreover, almost half of current degree-level students and recent graduates in Southampton say they have experience of working with young people on a voluntary basis.
Roger Pope, spokesperson for the Get Into Teaching Campaign and Chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership said:
“The research also shows that students and graduates in Southampton are looking for secure, fulfilling and impactful careers, which is why teaching should be a real consideration for them. It marries the things that this cohort cares most about: helping make a difference to other people and the world around us, whilst also allowing committed and dedicated professionals to pursue their own career goals.”
According to the Censuswide survey, 88% of students and graduates in Southampton also believe teaching would be a fulfilling career most or all of the time, with nearly half of them believing teaching to be in the top five jobs that make a positive impact on today’s society.
Will Emeny, Head of Mathematics at Wyvern College in Eastleigh said:
“Teaching is a job that I’m incredibly proud to do. As a graduate, I had lots of choices of potential careers, but I was drawn to teaching. Ultimately, I wanted a career that was rewarding and teaching ticks all the boxes – I get to inspire people in a subject I’m passionate about, it is full of emotional rewards and I feel like I’m doing something worthwhile every day.”
The Get Into Teaching team organises online and face-to-face events where students and graduates can speak to those within the profession and find out more about the teacher training options, school experience and the benefits a career in teaching offers.
There is government funding for trainee candidates who want to follow this path. Tax-free bursaries to train as a teacher in key subjects such as science, computing and geography are available. Alternatively, scholarships are offered in priority subjects for graduates with a 2:1 or above.