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Survey: parents want children to study IT; youngsters want to be chefs and athletes

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAs demand changes on the labour market, so do people’s views on career choices for their children, according to Swedbank survey on professions. Doctor and businessman were the two most desired professions in the past eight years. In 2018, however, IT specialist profession became choice number one in parents’ eyes.

Parents’ views on their children’s future differ from what youngsters want – the latter would rather become chefs, athletes, and actors. Views of the two sides only seem to agree when it comes to IT specialist career.

Parents view IT sector as a perspective field

Survey data shows that 44% of parents would gladly see their children studying IT, which is a considerable increase when compared to three years ago (29% of parents wanted to see their children working in IT). Businessman, doctor, lawyer, engineer, financial specialist and architect remain the most popular professions. A quarter of interviewed parents mentioned these professions as the most desired for their children, and their popularity greatly exceeds that of others.

What is particularly interesting is that civil service has become more popular in the eyes of parents – 13% of parents would like to see their children in official posts (6% three years ago). Professions associated with the agricultural sector have also grown in popularity – every tenth respondent said they would like to see their child working in that sector. The prestige of professions like doctor, architect, designer, artist, journalist/PR specialist has dropped somewhat in the eyes of parents, according to data.

A stable majority of parents believe their choice of profession is quite suitable for their children – 64% of employed residents would not object if their children picked their profession. Representatives of IT/telecommunications sector (93%) and energy sector (88%) are the most positive about children picking the same profession. Parents working in defence, security and rescue services, on the other hand, are less positive about children following in their footsteps, according to survey results.

It is interesting that place of residence can affect parents’ thoughts on the most appropriate professions for their children – Riga residents, when compared to residents living in other cities and countryside regions, would more often want their children to become financial specialists. Parents living in other cities would much rather see their children become lawyers and officials, survey results show.

Youngsters want to become chefs and athletes

Youngsters (age 15 to 19) are different from adults when it comes to picking professions. The most popular profession among youngsters is that of a chef (14%). Other popular professions include athlete (11%), IT specialist (10%) and actor (10%).

At the same time, one interesting tendency shows that ‘democracy’ from parents in relation to their children’s future has increased. 42% of respondents said they would accept any profession their child would pick.


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