Finding Meaningful Employment More Important Than Salary For Many Young Singaporeans

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.

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