Over 90% of college graduates want to work rather than study: poll
Central News Agency
2014-03-02 06:17 PM
Taipei, March 2 (CNA) The vast majority of college graduates who participated in a recent survey said they wanted to go straight to work, while less than 10 percent of them said they wanted to pursue further education, according to the results of a survey released Sunday. An overwhelming and a record high 90.7 percent of those surveyed by local job bank yes 123 expressed hope of being able to go straight into the job market once out of college, while only 9.3 percent said they would continue to climb the academic ladder. The results were in sharp contrast with a survey by another local job bank in 2005 showing that 64 percent of college graduates were ready for the job market, while 23 percent were planning to pursue further studies or preparing for tests to become civil servants. The survey was released at a time when the youth jobless rate is over 13 percent and salaries in the private sector have remained stagnant for years, according to the job bank. Real monthly wages averaged NT$44,739 (US$1475.4) last year, lower than the average of NT$44,798 in 1998, when taking inflation into account, the latest official data shows. Allowed to make multiple choices of the sectors they would like to enter, 40.8 percent opted for the technology industry and 22.3 percent craved the stability offered to public servants, while 21 percent chose the travel and recreation industry. Meanwhile, college graduates had higher expectations for their starting salaries this year than last year, the survey indicated. Respondents said they would expect NT$31,180 per month in their first job, up 4.1 percent from NT$29,936 last year. The survey was conducted through an online questionnaire Feb. 18-24 and had 942 valid responses. It had a confidence level of 95 percent and a margin of error of plus or minus 3.19 percentage points. (By Constant Wu and Scully Hsiao)
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