A study by job site Indeed has found over a third of young people feel fearful of the future of work, believing they are ill-prepared for what lies ahead. In fact, one in five Gen Z believe their education has not prepared them for working life at all.
The Indeed study surveyed the concerns of 2395 young people from across Australia to discover their major employment concerns. The survey found that Australia’s youth are most worried about not having enough relevant experience (32 per cent), are unsure about available job opportunities (21 per cent) and are unclear on what jobs are suitable for them (13 per cent).
The survey also revealed a clear distinction between the career choices of city-based and regional students.
Students from the city were more likely to choose white collar careers compared with their country counterparts who were more inclined towards the caring professions such as education, childcare and medicine.
Rural students were most likely to choose careers paths in Nursing/Midwifery (13 per cent); Health and Sports Sciences (11 per cent); and Agriculture and Environment (5 per cent). This compares to students in capital cities who were most likely to choose a career in Law (10 per cent); Advertising, Media, Journalism and Comms (8 per cent) and Arts, Humanities and Politics (7 per cent).
Despite being a generation of digital natives, 85 per cent of Australians aged 16-23 believe that computers and technology will take away jobs in various industries. While only 1 per cent plan on working directly in tech. This suggests the tech skills gap may be set to widen rather than decrease in the future.
Young people also believe many Australian businesses run on outdated policies and systems.
Over half (53 per cent) of students agreed with the following statement, “Businesses are stuck in the past and are not up to date with the modern workforce.”
57 per cent of students think this is because businesses don’t recognise the importance of work/life balance and 55 per cent hold the view that businesses perceive their generation as lazy.
Callem Pickering, APAC Economist at Indeed said the survey results showed a remarkable disconnect between Gen Z and the existing workforce. Many young people were eager to participate further but were uncertain of next steps.
“Our survey shows that young people are also feeling unprepared and confused about the world of work and this means that for some, landing on the right career path or first job can be a really tricky experience. It seems that sharing helpful online resources is the best way for parents and teachers to reach out to kids and guide them through the complexities of finding work.”