Young People Prefer the Path of the minimum effort

In Costa Rica most college students crave "fixed and stable jobs" in state enterprises.

Monday, September 5, 2016


The words "fixed" and "stable" are not exactly what you would expect to hear from young twentysomethings, supposedly eager for challenges, opportunities and adventures. However, in Costa Rica, a survey carried out by Universum indicates that most college students are looking for a job for life in a state institution.  

An article on analyzes the results of the survey, detailed in the case of students majoring in engineering, 58% of respondents said that their first goal is to achieve a balance between personal life and their professional duties, secondly, have a fixed and stable job, and only in third place, "appears ... the idea of being innovative and enterprising".

For those pursuing careers in social disciplines, "... the results put the public sector as the number one labor destination compared to private companies."

An editorial in the same weekly points out the disastrous consequences for Costa Rica in the future of keeping state "... systems so distorted in their compensation that it becomes an unsustainable mirage for our young people." ..."If Costa Rica does not progress in its development through more technical human capital, science and design, very soon this artificially privileged bureaucracy will not have the resources to support the perverse incentive system that it has managed to negotiate inexplicably with our current and former governors, and the illusion that these young people base their expectations on will collapse as it has done in Greece and Venezuela, to cite recent examples. "

"... The only way to end the mirage of our public employment is by moderating the privileges that new state employees have access to. This is urgent, because we are not only deceiving the young about their expectations, but putting at risk the stability of our public administration and finance."

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