How do students feel about their future?

Secondary school students in Ireland don’t have much faith in the Irish economy, the way the country is governed or their personal prospects on the island.

New research by StudyClix shows that most secondary students expect to emigrate at some point in their lives, and over 50% don’t think they will be able to buy a house when they start working.

“I think one of the lasting effects of the recession and our current property crisis is that Irish second level students are much more aware of the difficulties awaiting them when they go to college,” says Luke Saunders, co-founder of StudyClix.

The key findings of the research are:

  • 52pc of students say it is unlikely, or highly unlikely, that they will be able to buy a house in their home county when they start working
  • 50pc of students say it is unlikely, or highly unlikely, that they will end up working in their home county
  • 47pc say the cost of rent will decide where they choose to go to college/university
  • 76pc have used a smartphone to study
  • 56pc of students say their school work has been affected by social media use
  • Snapchat has replaced Facebook as the social media tool of choice, with 90pc of those surveyed using it
  • 56pc think it ‘likely’ they will emigrate at some point in their lives
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“I was not surprised to see that 76% of students use their smartphone to study. On the other hand, it’s important to note that 56% of students stated that their education have been affected by their social media use,” says Saunders.

The full survey results are here.

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