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The first job: 15 facts about starting your career

Everyone can remember it: the first job. How it was when you came fresh from school or university and suddenly found yourself in everyday work. The joy of having your first own wage slip in your hands as a young professional. And what you then bought for your first money. As much as the romanticized memories are alike, the conditions under which young people start their first job today are just as different, shows a new study by Statistics Austria among 15- to 34-year-olds. 15 facts that show that everything is not always bliss with your first job.

  1. Atypical: One in four (27 percent) starts their first job with an atypical employment relationship.
  2. Gender trap I: Men (20 percent) are less affected by atypical employment than women (33 percent).
  3. Graduation: Those who have completed an apprenticeship also have the highest chance, at 82 percent, of entering the world of work with a normal employment relationship (permanent full-time job, social security). Youngest with a maximum of compulsory schooling the lowest: 57 percent
  4. Citizenship: This does not drift quite as far apart in terms of citizenship: 75 percent of young Austrians have a normal employment relationship right from the start, 65 percent of people without an Austrian passport.
  5. Self-assessment: 13 percent of young adults believe that they are either over- or under-qualified for their first job.
  6. Overqualified: The majority of them (9.3 percent) believe they have too much to do with their first job. 3.6 percent believe they are underqualified.
  7. Teaching: Subjectively, people who have completed an apprenticeship (91 percent) are most often employed according to their qualifications, and people with no more than compulsory schooling (81 percent) are the least likely.
  8. Duration: The average duration of the first job is three years and three months.
  9. Loyalty: People who believe they are appropriately qualified for their job stay in their first job for an average of 4 years and a month. Three times as long as those who feel overqualified.
  10. Migration background: The fact “migration background yes or no” makes big differences in the duration of the first job. With a migration background: 2 years and 2 months. Without a migration background: 4 years and 2 months.
  11. Training: The same goes for training. With an apprenticeship certificate: 3 years and 8 months. Maximum compulsory school: 1 year and 9 months.
  12. Search time: Two in three 15- to 34-year-olds manage to get a job within three months of the end of their training.
  13. Gender trap II: Young men (76 percent) are likely to have an easier time here than young women (55 percent).
  14. Family ties: For 30 percent of young professionals, social networks in the circle of family and friends are the most important means of access to their first stable job.
  15. Advertisements: 18 percent of the first jobs are found through newspapers, 17 percent are found through direct or blind applications.