Youthspeak 14/15 Report
Rebuilding trust and evolving the education system
Young people around the world are not satisfied with what they are getting out of their university experiences in connection to their future goals. With university advisors ranking last in the report’s list of influencers to support career decisions, there is a bigger story to be told surrounding the role of universities.
Disconnection between education and employment
For most millennials beyond technical backgrounds, their degrees have not given them the value they were looking for. 53% of millennials see a disconnection between what they are learning today versus what they will need tomorrow. But it is not just the educators who can bridge this gap.
The university experience needs to go beyond the books. It needs to tap into the development of life skills and developing our understanding of the world. I believe that universities need to evolve beyond the place as rewarding degrees, but as a place where young people can experiment, explore and learn.
Future leaders want to be entrepreneurs and hold responsibility
The YouthSpeak survey also looks at millennials’ approach to work. One of the conclusions is that the notion of working nine-to-five, earning a high salary and having extensive vacation time is outdated. It’s not so much about a work-life balance, but more about a work-lifestyle. Millennials seek global experiences as a highly valued method of learning and development.
Companies without a purpose risk to lose out
Another way to attract these talents is to recognise that millennials are a purposeful generation. Top keywords for the ideal workplace include creative, challenging, fun, global and dynamic. Millennials want to be inspired, to learn and to grow in and outside of the workplace. They are strongly influenced by an organisation’s reputation and actions as a positive contributor to society. So how employers contribute to society in all aspects of their lives is important to them.
The way it can be taken FORWARD
AIESEC’s YouthSpeak survey captures and amplifies the voice and inputs of today's youth to drive and influence global change. Through partnerships with youth-led organizations such as AIESEC, ADB encourages policy makers and professionals in development to engage the current generation whom we believe holds the potential to end global poverty. In light of the recently approved Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we view the current generation to be the "SDGeneration".