Survey reveals gender gap in career expectations

Posted by Hannah Walker in

A recent survey taken by Trendence UK suggests that male and female graduates, on average, have entirely different expectations from their career. The survey asked 27,000 students across 126 universities questions that invited students to think about what sort of career path motivated them. The report demonstrated that in general male graduates expect to engage in a career that will earn them a salary that is 12% higher than female graduates. Further to that, males revealed that they are willing to spend approximately 4 hours a week more at week than females are prepared to spend. One of the statements in the survey said: "it's more important to feel fulfilled than to earn lots of money." Results illustrated that 71% of female graduates agreed with this statement compared to 57% of males. Meaning that more males feel job fulfillment and ethical employers are less significant, and would consequently favour a competitive salary. Women on the other hand exposed that they are pickier when choosing an employer, highlighting ethics, morality and a diverse workforce as important features within a company.

Do these statistics suggest then that the next generation will continue to fulfill the gender stereotype? It seems to imply that women will work fewer hours and earn a smaller salary with men continuing to strive for a higher-salary at any cost. Interestingly, the survey does indicate that even though only 57% of males desire after a fulfilling career in comparison to 71% of females, in both cases, male and female, the majority do favour the statement that job satisfaction is more important than salary. Thus, while the gender gap does remain, it seems smaller and more promising with a majority of students choosing fulfillment over money.

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