Despite the tough job market and mounting student debt, graduates are increasingly shunning highly paid jobs in favour of working in a position which permits them to make a difference.
A mere 8% now say that a basic salary in part of their top three must-haves when it comes to finding a job, compared to 45% last year, according to research from management consulting firm Hay Group. Instead of looking for jobs which offer decent salaries, employee benefits and bonus potential, graduates are more interested in making a difference, with a whopping 51% highlighting this as an important factor when job hunting – compared to just 4% in 2011.
Tanya de Grunwald, a notable author, commented on the findings: ”There is a perception that all graduate jobs are difficult to get, so you may as well strive for one that will make you feel happy and satisfied, rather than one that makes you feel bad, like working for an 'evil corporate'. Graduates are not prepared to abandon their principles just because the economy is in a terrible state.”
If you too are searching for a job where you can make a positive impact, here are just a few of the options available:
– This is a career which truly allows you to make a difference to the lives of others, helping people to develop their skill sets and aiding their development into intelligent and talented members of the community. You will be the reason behind exceptional grades and students getting into the university of their choice, as well as a pillar of strength to many children and young adults.
Social care – Whether this involves helping families, children, the elderly or those with physical or mental disabilities, a job in social care will see you actively involved in positively changing the lives of vulnerable people in need of support.
Government – MPs can make huge differences in the communities where they work. If you make it to the top of the career ladder, you may find yourself in a position to influence important decisions and help to make positive changes across the entire country.
Charity work – Working in the charity and development sector provides that ‘feel good’ factor, where you can go home each day really feeling like you’ve achieved something and made a difference. Jobs are varied and can include: administration, community development, fundraising, HR, campaigning, PR and research.
Are you currently looking for graduate jobs? Would you prioritise making a difference over a good salary and employee benefits?