Finding Meaningful Employment More Important Than Salary For Many Young Singaporeans
The youths of Singapore place more importance on finding meaningful work than on good salary prospects.
A survey conducted by The Straits Times in partnership with the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) found that 41.8% of respondents said jobs must be meaningful to them. Only 17.2% said good salary prospects were the most important factor in choosing a job.
The survey, which examined the views of over a thousand 19-year-old Singaporeans, also showed that the majority of respondents (91%) aimed to obtain a university degree. Most (81%) of them wanted a degree to improve their salary prospects. A slightly lower proportion (74%) said that they wanted a degree to acquire the skills needed for their desired careers.
When it comes to expectations for starting salaries, the desired starting pay for those from junior colleges was S$3,905. In contrast, those polytechnic and ITE students expected S$3,312 and S$3,247.