Young Brits are snubbing traditional jobs

A nationwide study into the career aspirations of modern Brits has revealed the extent to which many traditional or practical roles are being rejected by today’s young people, as the number one dream job of 16-30-year olds emerged as travel blogger…

Second in the list, according to the poll, was computer game designer (12 percent), with photographer coming third. (10 percent). Social media influencer, bar owner, stylist, creative director and professional footballer also made the list of dream jobs modern youngsters are working towards.

Last year, the number of teachers working in state schools in the UK fell to its lowest level since 2013, according to the Department of Education and early last year, applications to study nursing in England fell for the second year in a row (UCAS).

The study of 2,000 Brits, commissioned by loan and mortgage provider,, found as many as three-quarters of youngsters said the thought of following in their parent’s footsteps was “depressing”. This has, not surprisingly, led to family arguments, with over half having rowed with their parents about their career choices.

Pete Ball, Together’s personal finance CEO said: “Times have changed massively between generations, as our study shows. Young people seem to be shunning the trades their parents followed in favour of jobs they perhaps see as more exciting and creative.

They want more flexibility in the way they work; so, they may want to take on short-term contracts or become their own boss, for example. The research just goes to highlight how the idea of ‘normal’ jobs – the type their parents had – could become a thing of the past. We may be moving towards a ‘new normal’ when it comes to younger generation’s career aspirations.”

The study also revealed the perception shift in modern Brits in relation to their careers. While job flexibility is crucial for 90 percent of 16-30-year-olds, it is only important to 67 percent of over-50s. So, it is no surprise to find 16 percent of 16-30-year-olds are self-employed or running their own business.

30 percent of young Brits believe that it’s important that their job reflects who they are as a person, something to really take time over and think about when deciding what to do after those school years – university or head into work…?

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