More than Two-thirds of Czech Students Gain Professional Experience During Their Studies
"Although short-term temporary jobs rank among the most common work experience of Czech students, internships in the field of study and experience from abroad are considered the most beneficial."
- Evžen Korděnko,
Director in the Consulting function of Deloitte
Prague, 11 April 2013 – During their university studies, Czech students are very active in seeking work opportunities to gain professional experience– two-thirds (68%) had an internship during their studies. More than half of respondents (55%) have temporary jobs on an occasional or a regular basis, 48% gain experience through internships in their major and 44% make extra money through temporary jobs outside their major. The most important criteria for selecting an internship and employment include an opportunity to learn, develop and gain professional experience. These are the key findings of Deloitte's third First Steps into the Labour Market report, which includes input from over 4,000 students across 11 different countries in the Central European region.
"Although short-term temporary jobs rank among the most common work experience of Czech students, internships in the field of study and experience from abroad are considered the most beneficial. For one-third of students, an opportunity for self-development plays an important role when selecting an internship; however, only one-fifth give it a priority when seeking a job," said Evžen Korděnko, Director in the Consulting function of Deloitte.
"Czech students, as opposed to students from other countries in Central Europe, are more likely to have seasonal jobs in their home country during their studies, although they do not regard them as valuable as, for instance, an internship in the field of study. Czech students often participate in student exchange programmes, such as "Erasmus", enabling studies abroad; 28% of respondents have experience with such programmes," added Ivo Půda, Senior Consultant in the Consulting function of Deloitte.
"Foreign experience in the field of study is important for 78% of respondents. Nevertheless, only 7% really use this opportunity," said Dominika Kantková, Consultant in the Consulting function of Deloitte.
The survey revealed that the most important aspects of the working life for respondents include a friendly work team, a good salary and an opportunity to excel in their field. Independent (individual) work, flexible working hours and stress at work are of lesser importance.
Students rate their professional skills highly, along with their entrepreneurial abilities and initiative. They also believe that completing an internship is the best opportunity to develop teamwork and communication skills.
The expected starting salary specified by Czech students is approximately EUR 880 net, ie approximately CZK 22 thousand. Different expectations may be observed with regard to students in Slovakia (EUR 737), Poland (EUR 686) and Hungary (EUR 588). The highest starting salary is expected by students from Slovenia (EUR 1004), as opposed to students from Albania and Bulgaria, who have the lowest salary expectations (EUR 336 and EUR 397 respectively).
Young people's willingness to move for employment
In terms of better employment opportunities, 72% of respondents would be willing to move to another town and 63% would move abroad. Male respondents demonstrate more willingness in this respect: moving to another town is not an obstacle for 82% of them and 72% would move abroad to accept an attractive job offer while only 65% of female respondents are willing to relocate within the home country and 58% would move abroad. "Generally speaking, young talents from 'generation Y' are highly flexible and ready to move for an interesting work position," added Ivo Půda.
Where students seek job offers
Social networks have not yet established a strong position with respect to job searches; web portals and company's websites remain the most-frequently used ways for seeking employment. Students with professional experience usually send the same number of job applications/CVs as students without experience; however, they are more often invited for a job interview.
The principal sources of job offers include:
The survey also included questions as regards the length of stay in the first job or as to when they expect a promotion. Nearly 60% of Czech graduates and students plan to stay with their first employer for over a year but they expect to be promoted after the first year and 40% of respondents do not know how long they want to stay in their first job.
"69% of respondents who think that their value for employers is low or rather low would leave their job because of stress and pressure or a better financial offer from a competing business while only 39% of respondents who hold themselves in high esteem would leave because of stress and 47% would accept a more-profitable job. Employees who praise themselves highly would not leave their job so easily because of stress/pressure or a better salary," explained Dominika Kantková.
More details about the First Steps into the Labour Market report may be found at www.deloitte.com/1steps.
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