West Midlands Millennials want worthwhile and secure careers

Roger Pope, spokesperson for the Get Into Teaching campaign and Chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership

West Midlands Millennials want worthwhile and secure careers

Three-quarters (75%) of students and recent graduates in the West Midlands feel that emotional rewards in their future career are equally or more important than practical ones.

New research has revealed that millennials, the newest entrants to the job market, are looking for personal fulfilment when it comes to their careers with 53% wanting to feel their job is worthwhile. 

The survey was conducted on over 3,000 students and graduates for the national Get Into Teaching campaign.

It found that the Millennial generation is motivated more by altruistic goals with 38% in the West Midlands wanting to make a positive contribution to society.

Over a third (34%) are also looking for a job that will make them feel proud.

Coming of age during the recession and the changing world of work may have influenced West Midlands-based millennials with 53% reporting that good job security is an important practical element for their future career, with a further 35% saying clear progression routes are a key consideration.

The research also found that Millennials view teaching as a career in a positive light with almost two-thirds (61%) feeling that being a teacher would provide more daily emotional rewards than most other careers.

Two-fifths (40%) of current degree-level students and recent graduates in the West Midlands say they have experience of working with young people on a voluntary basis, and over three-quarters (79%) believe they would make a good teacher.

Over half (52%) of all the West Midlands respondents felt a teaching career would offer the opportunity to make a positive impact every day.

Roger Pope, spokesperson for the Get Into Teaching campaign, and Chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said: “As a lifelong teacher myself, I see how young people’s attitudes and ambitions change with the generations, which is something that helps to keep the teaching profession fresh too.

“It’s fantastic to hear that so many students and graduates believe they would also make a good teacher.

“The research also shows that students and graduates in the West Midlands are looking for secure, fulfilling and impactful careers, which is why teaching should be a real consideration for them.

“It marries the things that this cohort cares most about: helping make a difference to other people and the world around us, whilst also allowing committed and dedicated professionals to pursue their own career goals.

“Pupils in school today will go on to do jobs that haven’t been invented yet, so this generation of tech-savvy, passionate graduates would do well in teaching, guiding our children and young people as they enter a world which is changing at a faster rate than we’ve ever seen.”

Furthermore, 92% of students and graduates in the West Midlands also believe teaching would be a fulfilling career most or all of the time, with 37% believing teaching to be in the top five jobs that make a positive impact on society.

Craig Smith, a newly-qualified PE teacher from Ark Kings Academy in Birmingham, said: “Teaching is a job that I’m incredibly proud to do. As a graduate I had lots of choices of potential careers, but I was drawn to teaching.

“Ultimately, I wanted a career that was rewarding and teaching ticks all the boxes – I get to inspire people in a subject I’m passionate about, it is full of emotional rewards and I feel like I’m doing something worthwhile every day.

“It is also a structured profession where I am supported and encouraged to develop my skills and look to progress. I would encourage anyone looking for a truly meaningful career to find about more about teaching.”

The Get Into Teaching team organises online and face-to-face events where students and graduates can speak to those within the profession and find out more about the teacher training options, school experience and the benefits a career in teaching offers.

This research was conducted by Censuswide, with 3,005 current university students and recent graduates (in last 18 months) aged 16+ in the UK. 285 of the respondents were based in the West Midlands.