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Most young Taiwanese eye work abroad: survey

By Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

A total of 74.2 percent of Taiwanese born between 1991 and 2000 are interested in working overseas, and up to 67.5 percent of them consider a “balance between work and life” as the most important goal in life, a survey by Cheers Magazine showed.

While people born between 1981 and 1990 — once named the fragile “strawberry generation” for allegedly lacking the ability to endure pressure when they entered society — are now entering managerial positions, the magazine said it conducted a survey last month aimed at getting to understand the mindset of eighth-graders, as many of them are about to enter the job market this year.

Through a questionnaire collecting the opinions of 1,040 people born between 1991 and 2000, it discovered that contrary to the stereotypical notion that young people prefer jobs with a “high salary, light workload and close to home,” up to 74.2 percent of the respondents wanted to work overseas, with the US (50.3 percent) and Japan (39.1 percent) their two top choices for gaining international work experience.

As for their attitudes toward life, up to 67.5 percent of the respondents chose a “balance between work and life” as the most important goal to fulfill, while only 19.2 percent considered “viewed as successful by others” an important goal.

Moreover, more than half of the respondents viewed their personal strengths as “willing to try” (61.1 percent) and “creative” (59 percent), but only a few thought they possessed the strengths “ability to resist pressure” (4.4 percent), “responsible” (10.7 percent) or “independent” (13.2 percent).

Wowprime chairman Steve Day (戴勝益), the band Mayday’s lead singer A-shin (阿信) and film director Ang Lee (李安) were chosen as the top three role models because of their success, but they received less than 20 percent of respondents’ votes, the magazine said.

It added that respondents’ uncertainty over their futures and their vastly different role models may imply that they will have more diversified future prospects.

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