Young workers making 'snap' decisions about careers

New research from Milkround reveals that young people are running the risk of hindering their careers by paying too much attention to friends Snapchats about their jobs.

In a surprising result, Snapchat beats LinkedIn as the social media channel that causes most career envy, with Twitter coming third.

95% of respondents to the survey admitted that they felt envious of some aspects of their friends’ jobs. While most stated that others’ travel opportunities at work made them most jealous.

37% clearly cited social media as the source of their career envy.

The report confirms that most people’s perception of how their friends are doing in their overall lives is shaped by social media. Over one third stated that seeing positive social media posts makes them believe that others are doing well.

The research names Snapchat as the social media network that invokes the most feelings of anxiety around careers, and the short, disappearing stories leave lasting impressions. 42 per cent of those questioned said that they felt at a lower level in their careers than their friends.

46% also named their friends’ salaries as the main reason for their jealousy. Social posts about holidays and purchases lead them to believe that they are earning less than their peers.

Dr. Sarah Parry, clinical lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University said: "This career anxiety is likely to come from an initial internal feeling of dissatisfaction, which is then exacerbated by these social media posts.

"60 per cent of students and graduates are still unsure of what they want to do in their careers. This insecurity is easily transformed into jealously when they see continuous posts of what they perceive is someone who has it 'all figured out.

"It is important for students and graduates to know that these feelings are completely natural as social media becomes more and more a part of everyday life, and that they are not alone".

Francesca Parkinson from Milkround said: "It's fair to say students feel a vast amount of pressure to make sure their life choices pay off. In fact, almost half (49%) of those surveyed felt the strain of making the right decision, with an extremely high 95% saying they feel pressure to land the perfect job straight out of university. Even though half of those surveyed still have no idea what their dream job is!

"So, it's no wonder they are holding themselves to impossibly high standards, due to social media posts which show all the reward but none of the struggle."

Thursday, 22 June 2017

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Young workers making 'snap' decisions about careers