First Steps into the Labour Market 2017
Central European survey of students and graduates
About the report
First Steps into the Labour Market is an international survey focusing on the labour market as seen through the eyes of students and recent graduates from 14 countries across Central Europe.
The report, scheduled for publication in spring of 2018, will summarize respondents' values and attitudes towards concepts of 'career' and 'work' as well as their perception of the universities they attend. We invite you to take part!
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Results from the previous edition
Leadership & Competencies
Respondents said that true leaders should be charismatic and inspirational strategic thinkers with great interpersonal skills. 75% of respondents rated their own competencies as better than those of other people. The most highly rated competencies included the ability to learn effectively, logical thinking and teamwork. Few respondents attributed their capabilities to what they learned at university – just 16% believed they were prepared well for the world of work.
Importance of work
Work/life balance is important: having a happy family life and good health were both ranked well ahead of professional success – just 30% of respondents said that their lives revolved around work. However, 87% saw work as key to developing human potential and social and ﬁnancial advancement. 87% said they would choose to work even if they didn’t have to do so for money.
Salaries and other Rewards
The most attractive employers for the great majority of respondents were those offering the opportunity to acquire and develop new skills – this was substantially ahead of an attractive salary, which was in second place ahead of a good atmosphere at work. Respondents from the countries with the lowest average salaries were also the keenest to earn substantially more than average.
Female respondents said they are better organised, more communicative and more teamwork-oriented than their male counterparts. More people aiming to become managers than subject experts believed that with hard work they could outperform others. Students with entrepreneurial ambitions were signiﬁcantly less satisﬁed than others with the quality of their preparation for the world of work.