Youth believe SA is a good place to have a successful career

Posted on June 09, 2011

  • 78% believe SA is a good place to have a successful career
• 68% see themselves having a better career in SA than anywhere else A recent survey by GIBS (Gordon Institute of Business Science) has revealed that the majority of senior high school students are optimistic about their career prospects in South Africa. The learners were surveyed at the GIBS Career Expo, in Johannesburg, as part of the GIBS Spirit of Youth high school leaders programme. The initiative is operated by the GIBS Centre for Leadership and Dialogue and is made up of top learners in Grade 11 and Grade 12 from a diverse range of township, inner city, former Model C and private schools. Learners are selected on the criteria that each has distinguished his/herself as a leader in their school community. 78% of those surveyed believe that South Africa in 2016 will be a better place to work than it is in 2011. However, 80% would like to further their career at some point outside of South Africa and return with skills and experience garnered from other countries. 80% agreed that they would have a great life in South Africa, with 72% saying that they feel safe living in the country. A further 88% are proud of their rainbow nation. Phyllis Byars, senior manager of the GIBS Centre for Leadership and Dialogue said: “The results of the survey are very encouraging, it demonstrates that the youth are incredibly positive about their future in South Africa and are committed to making a career for themselves in the country.” 70% of learners agree that BEE is the right policy to address South Africa’s social and economic challenges with 60% disagreeing that BEE will negatively affect their career development. Just over 60% believe the government is doing a good job of running the country and 70% believe improvements in South Africa will come mostly through government actions. The Spirit of Youth programme is a forum in which senior learners can critically engage relevant issues so that they may better define the South Africa in which they would like to live. The expectation is that these young people are likely to have a disproportionally high impact on their immediate peers and society-at-large.

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