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Families prefer youth to get a job before pursuing their dreams

2012/06/19 20:18:21

Taipei, June 19 (CNA) Over 40 percent of young people said their families would not support them to chase their dreams prior to landing a job, according to a recent survey published by job bank yes123 on Tuesday.

Up to 41.6 percent of recent university graduates and those that finished mandatory military services surveyed said their families would not tolerate the notion of them being jobless while pursuing their dreams, according to the survey results.

However, some families were willing to support young jobhunters to pursue their dreams for a certain period.

Families willing to give first time job seekers three months' time to pursue their dreams accounted for 22.9 percent surveyed, followed by 11.4 percent who would be given four to six months, and 14.5 percent given seven months to two years.

The remaining 9.6 percent surveyed said their families would support them unconditionally or give them a period over two years to chase their dreams.

In addition, the survey showed respondents were willing to invest different periods of time to fulfill their dreams.

About 30.8 percent surveyed said they will spend whatever period it takes, while 23 percent were only willing to invest one year, and 19.2 percent said a period of one to two years.

Another 14.1 percent said they were willing to invest two to five years to pursue their dreams, while 12.9 percent said they were unwilling to invest any time at all.

On average, most first time jobhunters were willing to spend 11.9 months to pursue their dreams, the yes123 survey noted.

The dreams of first time job hunters included making investments, traveling abroad, going on working vacations or launching their own businesses. Some wish to travel around Taiwan.

The online survey was conducted by yes123 between May 24 and June 4, with 1,073 valid samples retrieved. The confidence level of the survey was 95 percent, with a margin of error of 2.99 percentage points.

(By Wu Ching-chun and C.J. Lin)