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Industry must compete for MINT graduates

Industrial companies depend on well-trained young talent to a great extent. Companies can attract MINT students, coming from the IT or automobile industry, especially by offering stability and security in their working life.

14 May. 2018
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Industry must compete for MINT graduates (Photo: Deloitte GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft)

This is the result of the current MINT Talent Monitor from consulting firm Deloitte . According to the survey, large industrial groups in particular have to make sure their shortage in skilled workers doesn’t continue to grow. On the one hand, SMEs are obviously popular employers, while on the other, one in every two graduates also considers beginning their careers abroad, with London and New York at the top of the list.

Young MINT talent tend to look for attractive, fair pay, a secure job and interesting tasks. Compared with the previous generation Y, soft factors have grown less important. Work-life balance is only a main criterion for one-third of students when selecting a job, with corporate culture and work climate even further down on the list. Flexibility can be found at the top, but just when it comes to their hours: 82% hope for a classic salaried position.

A study from consultancy PwC surveying 2,000 school-aged and college students has shown the quite sorry state of MINT talent development before college. As per the study, the majority of them are not sufficiently informed of the career prospects and opportunities of MINT disciplines. One-third would consider this career path if they had more information on it. According to PwC, the survey indicates that many young people are unaware of the growing importance of subjects related to new technologies such as artificial intelligence, drones, robots or virtual reality.