Vodafone Institute survey: 70% of Germany’s ‘digital natives’ reject entrepreneurship

A recent survey shows young Germans are more optimistic about their future than their European counterparts. But a third of Germany’s 18-30 year-olds rules out a career in the digital economy, with Italian and Spanish young adults more likely to start a tech business.

A majority of Germans between the ages of 18 and 30 see the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector as offering the best job prospects. However, 33% of them have absolutely no intention to seek a career in the fast-growing sector.

These are among the findings of a study conducted by the Vodafone Institute, Talking about a Revolution: Europe’s Young Generation on Their Opportunities in a Digitised World.

In the survey, only 13% of young adults in Germany said they would definitely be open to pursuing a career in the area of digital information and communication technologies.

In addition, a majority of “digital natives” in Germany said they would not be willing to work for a startup (70%) or to found a company in the digital economy (77%).

In crisis-ridden countries like Spain and Italy, the willingness to do so is considerably higher.

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Source: Euractiv

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