Continental’s “Careers Survey 2015″ questioned students and young graduates working for Continental in their first few years on the job about their expectations concerning the working world, personal career development and private and social future prospects.
In this representative survey carried out on behalf of the International Technology Corporation, the German Institute for Applied Social Sciences surveyed around 1,000 students from each country (Germany, Romania, and China) with majors in engineering, natural sciences, and economics plus around 1,000 Continental young professionals from each country.
The outcomes emerged from the Continental Career Survey of 2015 confirm the importance of virtual mobility nowadays. Take a look the term “virtual internship” here, if you would like to get an idea on what is it and how it can benefit a person.
Specifically, the students surveyed have showed a more “reserved” position, meaning that one out of two would want to look for a job close to his home. The option of working from home, via internet and other tools, seem to be the optimal for the new generation.
Similarly, this generation seem to be more flexible in terms of working hours per week and working on weekends, since most duties of the job could be done via virtual means of collaboration (video conferencing, email, a content management system or any other collaborative working environment).
Student’s main professional objectives also change once they have some initial professional experience. While the students principally mentioned enjoyment of work and opportunities for self-realization as their most important goals, the young professionals agreed that a good work-life balance was their dominant priority. However, when it comes to selecting a possible employer, a good salary was the top priority for both the students and the young professionals.
Access to more information regarding the outcome of the Continental Career Survey of 2015 can be found here.
The BAIM project where Praxis is actively participating, is exactly promoting the paradigm of Virtual Mobility in the European Higher Education Area. BAIM stands for Blended Academic International Mobility, an EU project being coordinated by IPP/Praxis. The aim of the project is to remodel international mobility and empower students’ employability by means of blended mobility.
Lastly, VMCOLAB project, is also a project funded with support from the European Commission, and is promoting awareness and quality standards of Virtual Mobility.