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Top 10 careers that make young people the most happy


City & Guilds, a global leader in skills education, has launched a special Millennials Edition of its Career Happiness Index. The Index surveyed 1,100 18-24 year olds nationwide about their experiences in the workplace. The Index finds that although 63% of young people are happy at work, 78% identify a need for vocational, job-related qualifications once they have left education and enter the job market.

The survey of 1,100 young people in the UK found the top 10 careers that make young people the most happy are:

1.       Scientific Research
2.       Early Years and Childcare
3.       Floristry and Gardening
4.       Teaching
5.       IT, Data Processing and Telecoms
6.       Engineering
7.       Nursing
8.       Marking, PR, Advertising and Communications
9.       Finance and Accountancy
10.   Financial Services

Whilst over three quarters of millennials seek vocational training, only half as many (39%) look to academic qualifications to progress their careers. 39% of young people identify industry-specific training and apprenticeships as steps towards their dream jobs, and just under a third look to on-the-job training to secure their dream role. The Index also shows that millennials’ vocational experience pays off. A third of those surveyed got their current job after work experience in the field.

This year’s Index showcases a young workforce that is not just happy, but hard working and ambitious. 1 in 5 currently has two or more jobs, and 68% of young people were working by the time they were 18.

Speaking about the findings, Chris Jones, CEO and Director General of City & Guilds said:
‘Vocational education is not a second class route for those who don’t succeed academically. In fact, our research proves that hard-working and ambitious young people are choosing vocational education as a way to achieve their dream job.

‘The findings show that employers must not underestimate young people. Instead, they need to step up and support young people’s ambitions and provide opportunities for development and future career satisfaction.’

When it comes to choosing a career, parents continue to be the biggest source of inspiration for young people. Over a third of those surveyed were motivated to choose their current job by their parents, compared to only 4% who were inspired by celebrities, and 8% by employers. As for careers advice, again parents are the primary source (24%) matched only by work experience (24%).

Chris Jones, CEO at City & Guilds concluded:
‘It’s not surprising that young people turn to their parents for advice and inspiration. Current careers advice in schools is inadequate and failing young people. Parents cannot be expected to know about the various routes and options available to their children. They need better support and better resources so they can provide informed, impartial advice.

‘Employers have a role to play. We know young people benefit from direct interaction with employers. We know they want high-quality work experience placements. But we need commitment from employers to provide these opportunities so young people can make the most of their potential and find a career that makes them happy. ‘By better supporting parents and by encouraging employers to advise and invest in our young workforce, we can give this generation the chance to thrive.’

The Career Happiness Index: Millennials Edition has been released ahead of The Skills Show, which takes place in November and for which City & Guilds is a Premier Sponsor. The Skills Show is an opportunity for parents, learners, educators, and employers to realise the potential of skills-based education.