First Steps into the
Labour Market

Central European survey of students and graduates

About the report
About the report

About the report

This report considers our region’s future business leaders – the ambitious and hard-working young people who are already proving themselves at Central Europe’s best universities to be at the forefront of their generation. Evidence gathered over the years shows that high-achieving students create successful careers later on, often in senior management and leadership positions.

The questions we asked them in our survey covered many areas relating to their career expectations – and their answers were frequently fascinating and unexpected.

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Conclusions

Our report highlights many of attitudes, ambitions and interests of young people in Central Europe. We show what is shaping the future generation of Central European business leaders as they emerge from full-time education and move into the early stages of their careers.

Leadership & Competencies

True leaders have great charisma and outstanding strategic abilities, which suggests the youth might be inclined to believe leadership talents are innate. Just 19% of respondents believe university has prepared them well for work. 80% rated their own competencies as better than those of other people with the most highly rated competencies including those that can be improved by education – effective learning, logical thinking and teamwork for example.

Results from the last edition

The importance of work

Although having a happy social and family life and good health rank ahead of professional success, 38% respondents still tell us their lives revolve around work. In addition, 85% see the benefits that come from work as crucial to realizing human potential as well as social and financial advancement. Meanwhile, 83% would choose to work even if they did not have to.

Results from the last edition

Salaries & other rewards

The great majority of respondents see those employers that offer the opportunity to acquire and develop new skills as the most attractive (what is more 46% see this as the most important factor), ahead of an attractive salary (13%), a good atmosphere at work (8%) and the opportunity to develop new and interesting projects (8%).

Results from the last edition

Celebrating differences

As in 2015, female respondents still believe they are better organised, more communicative and more teamwork oriented than males. In addition, 88% respondents would want to work in a diversified workplace (in terms of age, gender and nationality), although more women than men selected this option.

Results from the last edition

Leadership & Competencies

The importance of work

Salaries & other rewards

Celebrating differences

Celebrating differences

Results from the last edition

Fast Trackers

They want nothing more than to get on in their careers. It is central not just to their financial progress, but to their social advancement too. That is why they commit 100 per cent of their total potential to the job – rather than having more time off, they would use it to get more done at work. They have the confidence to believe that whenever they make an effort they can always outperform others.

Results from the last edition

Eager Beavers

For them, work is its own reward. Nothing beats the satisfaction they can gain from a good day at the office. So, while they firmly believe that they should make sacrifices in their private life to get on at work, they never see it as an unpleasant duty. While they certainly see work as key to their social and financial advancement, however, they also have some interests outside their jobs.

Results from the last edition

All Rounders

They are really balanced. Work is not only a way to develop personally – it is also how they fulfil their duties to society. It goes without saying that they would work even if they didn’t have to. While work is far more important than simply leading to promotions and more money, it is not the be all-and-end-all for them. Their personal life really matters too, and they never feel they ought to give up outside interests because of the demands of the job.

Results from the last edition

By-Standers

Work is far from the most important thing in their lives. It is not even a foundation for self-development or learning. Members of this group are very unlikely to let it get in the way of enjoying life away from work. It is something to put up with because they have to earn money somehow – if it was possible for them to get by without a job, they would probably give it up immediately.

Fast Trackers

Eager Beavers

All Rounders

By-Standers

Meet our people

A series of 60 second videos bringing short personal message from inspiring Deloitte professionals.

Adrian
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Sarah
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Tereza
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Roman
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Marcin
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Maja
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Tereza
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Ivan
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Get in touch

For more information about our survey, or in case of any questions, please feel free to get in touch via our mailbox or on social media.

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