MORE than half of teens want a career that ‘makes a difference’ – with purpose a bigger driver for them than money.
The poll of 700 youngsters aged 13-19 found careers in medicine, social work and green industries are among those they most want to pursue.
But while 42 per cent recognise they could make more money elsewhere, they claim it's not their only motivation.
Instead, 49 per cent would like a job that involves sustainability and looking after the planet, such as working with electric vehicles or heat pumps.
And 48 per cent admire people who have the skills to do a job that helps people live more sustainably.
Ensuring their chosen career is ‘futureproof’ also matters to 52 per cent of teenagers, with roles in healthcare, software development and renewable energy among those thought to tick that box.
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Liam Fairhurst, an apprentice at British Gas, which commissioned the research, said: “It’s fascinating to learn that money isn't always the main motivator for today’s generation of teenagers – and I can honestly say I get so much more out of my job than that.
“We get to work with cutting edge renewable technology that’s going to make a real difference to the way people live their lives – and which will make an important contribution to our national net zero targets.”
The study also found 47 per cent of those polled said their friends share their views on the importance of making a difference with their career.
Although 48 per cent think people their age are too money-focused when it comes to choosing a line of work.
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The average teen said they’ve known which career path they want to go down for the last three years – with family being the biggest influencer (49 per cent).
The OnePoll research also revealed 38 per cent of teenagers believe their attitudes towards everyday life translates to their career choice.
More than a fifth (23 per cent) plan to explore apprenticeship opportunities to achieve their goals, rather than going to university – citing cost (71 per cent), getting hands-on experience (47 per cent) and having a guaranteed job (42 per cent) as the top reasons.
It also emerged half of teens think their generation is more aware of important issues facing society than those who’ve gone before them.
While 45 per cent think their age group will be the ones to make change happen in the workplace.
Liam Fairhurst added: “Even after my time in the army, it’s been such great experience so far as a British Gas apprentice.
"Making a key impact on our customers households and the way they use their energy has allowed me to grow in confidence and progress my career.
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“We also do a lot of work to help people live smarter and find ways to be more energy efficient.
"Going into their homes and showing them how they can save money every day is so important at the moment.”
TOP 10 CAREERS TEENAGERS WOULD MOST LIKE TO PURSUE
2. Environmental conservation
4. Social work
8. Government and civil service
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