Saturday 22 October 2016

Over half of secondary students are worried about job prospects

Martin Grant

Published 09/05/2016 | 02:30

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More than half of Irish students are anxious about their future job prospects and believe they will be unable to secure a job or purchase a home here, according to a new survey. Second-level students are deeply worried about their jobs and housing prospects, with a staggering 56pc of students revealing that they will "likely" emigrate, according to new research by the annual student attitudes index. Around 52pc of the 2,000 students surveyed said it was highly unlikely that they would be able to purchase a home in Ireland once they had started working. A further 50pc of students believe it is highly unlikely that they will secure a job in Ireland when they have finished their education. This is despite a positive report published by the Higher Education Authority (HEA), which revealed that third-level graduates were faring better now for the first time since the economic crash. The HEA report revealed a year-on-year jump from 51pc to 58pc in the proportion of university graduates with an honours bachelor degree going straight into employment, either at home or abroad. However, second-level students are finding no comfort in the HEA report. Financial pressures, future job security and housing are high on the list of challenges facing students. The research, which surveyed first- to sixth-year students, found the rising costs of living and rent were growing issues. The cost of rents will have a significant impact on students, with 47pc revealing that the price of renting will influence whereabouts in Ireland they go to university. Thirty-five per cent said that Dublin was no longer on option to attend college. Students also accepted that their education had been affected by technology. Just over 56pc of students said their school work had been affected by their social media use. Snapchat has replaced Facebook for the first time as the most popular social app amongst school students. Meanwhile, the majority of students also think that their local TDs are only "out for themselves". Alarmingly, 14pc of students have signed up to Tinder - with the dating app most popular amongst students in Sligo and Clare. "The rise of cyberbullying has meant that as a teacher you could find yourself dealing with an issue that involves multiple students across multiple schools using multiple social media platforms, over each of which you have no control," said teacher and founder Luke Saunders.

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