A study has revealed that 8 out of 10 Latin American youths living in cities in Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Uruguay and Peru would like to work at the same job for more than five years

The Forge Foundation has conducted a survey of more than 2,000 people aged 17 to 23 in Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay to establish their opinions regarding their future job opportunities. As part of the results, it was revealed that only 18% had any formal work experience; however, most of the time, informal experience was one of the aspects that prevailed at the time of finding their first job.

Among the concerns about their future, 95% of those surveyed consider that they will be better off financially than their parents thanks to their greater capacity for job insertion and the better opportunities than were available to their parents more than 20 years ago. They also feel confident (64%) that they will be working and studying next year; however, having their own business does not appear as a viable option.

The aspect they value most is the opportunity for growth; far above timetable flexibility, stability, work environment, and salary. The survey also found that 8 out of 10 young people want to work at the same job for more than 5 years.

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Young people make up the largest generation in history and have a strong desire to generate positive change in society and, above all, in their families. Their views and ideals are essential aspects for the development of any society.

The survey also found that almost 7 out of 10 young people consider that they receive a good education for the world of work. However, 50% of Latin American companies say they are unable to find candidates with the required skills.

Organisations are often unable to fill the positions they need because the applicants lack the social-emotional skills that are considered essential for all workers nowadays if they are to have a positive impact on any given job.