Forget stereotypes about the ‘lazy, self-obsessed’ Millennial generation, today’s post-GFC students are just as concerned as older generations were about the more mundane things like passing their course and getting a job at the end of it, according to new research conducted by TAFE NSW.
“Our research among young NSW residents has shown that these stereotypes are anything but true, so much so that we’re renaming them the ‘reality generation’,” said Margy Osmond, Chair of the TAFE NSW Commission Board.
TAFE NSW commissioned an online survey of 1,025 NSW residents aged 18-24 to take a deeper look into this group’s ambitions and expectations as it relates to study and their future work aspirations.
“What’s emerged is a picture of a very grounded group with clear ambitions, looking forward to a career of full-time work. An overwhelming 85 per cent agreed that when they eventually worked full-time in their chosen career they would ‘really enjoy’ the work and ‘enjoy doing it every day’,”
Mrs Osmond said. “Millennials are also playing the long game – they’re expecting it will take time to get the job they want (40% said 0-3 years and 34% said 4-7 years).”
TAFE NSW is the largest vocational education and training provider of its kind. One of its 10 Institutes is TAFE Western which covers more than half the state with a footprint that crosses from Lithgow to Broken Hill and Grenfell to Lightning Ridge.
TAFE Western has a well-earned reputation for delivering innovative and relevant training aligned to job opportunities and community needs.
The survey also asked Millennials which field they most wanted to work in.
TAFE Western’s Institute Director, Ms Kate Baxter said the top responses included healthcare and social assistance, professional scientific and technical services, and education and training.
“Their choices are informed from influencers that include peers in that field, their parents or knowing someone who does that work,” Ms Baxter said.
Just over half of respondent saw themselves having two to three job changes or careers over the next 20 years, with 20 per cent predicting they would have just one job or career and 19 per cent predicting three to five jobs or careers.
“This is consistent with our business, at TAFE Western, we help people upskill and reskill throughout their working lives, offering everything from apprenticeships to higher education degrees,” Ms Baxter said. “Our students are clear-headed and hard-working, with a really good grasp on where they want to go.
“A pleasing finding from the survey was that students overwhelmingly wanted courses with real-world application and teachers with real-world experience, because that’s one of the things that differentiates TAFE Western from other providers.”
68 per cent of students rated it as quite important or extremely important to have a teacher who was recently from the industry they are teaching.
Students were even more concerned about industry relevance and industry experience, with 81 per cent rating doing a course which is relevant to industry as quite important or very important. Some 86 per cent agreed that doing a course where you get to learn and practice the sort of work you’ll do at the end of it was important.
Enrolments for all courses being offered at TAFE Western in 2015 are now open. Prospective students should visit their local college or call 1300 823 393 for further information.