Do you think you’ll find a job in less than a year from when you finish studying? This is one of the questions that Adecco asked almost 10,000 young people in different countries in preparing its survey entitled “Estudio Internacional: Jóvenes y empleo: sus sueños y expectativas”.

In general, 3 out of 4 young people surveyed think that they will find a job within 12 months of finishing their studies, although differences exist between countries.

Thus, 42.2% of young Spaniards think that they won’t find a job in the first year after finishing their training. Only the Japanese (62.9%) and the Italians (67.6%) are more pessimistic.  By contrast, almost 9 out of 10 young Swiss think they will find work in their first post-study year, followed by young people from the USA, Norway, Germany and Australia.

Asked about their skills, 7 out of 10 young people throughout the world believe they have the skills and abilities required for the workplace of the future. As regards countries, 67.5% of Spaniards think that they have the necessary skills and abilities, a percentage which is only higher than that for Italians (60.3%) and Japanese (31.5%), the latter being the only ones to fail in this area.

Those who consider themselves best equipped with these skills are young people from Germany (89.1%), the USA (82.3%), Belgium (80.9%) and France and the Netherlands (80.4% for both).

In answer to the question about the skills and knowledge that will be required to be best prepared, languages, practical experience and digital skills are the ones that stand out.

68.5% of young people surveyed throughout the world already know what their dream job would be. Of this figure, 88.9% of young Spanish people consider that they are preparing themselves adequately to achieve their dream job, which places them second, only behind Mexicans (90.8%). After Spaniards come Germans (83.1%) and Australians (82.9%).

Although most of those surveyed believe that they are preparing well to achieve their dream job, there is always room for improvement in certain areas. Asked what they need to have before they can try to obtain their ideal job, young people are clear: they particularly lack previous work experience (6 out of 10 on a worldwide level). This trend exists in most of the countries surveyed, except in Mexico and Japan where the need to learn new skills is most valued. More than half of those surveyed in the remaining countries share this opinion, while practically 3 out of 10 believe that they need to learn new languages (29.9%) and obtain a university degree (29.2%).

Similarly, asked what would help them most to find a job tomorrow, all of the young people surveyed, with the exception of Germans, believe that having work experience is the key (50.6%).

Finally, as regards what they expect to achieve in the next ten years, the young people surveyed mainly stressed economic stability (7.33 points out of 10). Globally, finding one’s dream job (7.16 points), working for a socially responsible company (6.23 points) and having a very high salary (6.06 points) are all seen as important.

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