SURVEY: How Millennials see the world


The Global Shapers Annual Survey 2016, an initiative by the World Economic Forum, received over 26,000 responses from millennials aged between 18-35 years, from 180 countries. They were asked about various topics such as inequality, migration and diversity.

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Millennials were asked which three issues mostly affect the world. First on their list was climate change along with the destruction of natural resources at 45 per cent. This was followed by conflict and war at 38 per cent and lastly religious conflicts at 34 percent.


Thirty-six per cent of these millennials define themselves as global citizens while 22 per cent see themselves as defined by their nationality, 9 per cent by their religious and philosophical beliefs, and 7 per cent by their region.

Factors contributing to inequality and corruption and lack of transparency came in at 59 per cent, while access to good quality of education came in at 40 per cent and income at 37 per cent.

Factors that make the public sector job market unattractive to young people in most countries are: corruption at 20.5 per cent , low salary at 17.5 per cent (which 24 per cent of the sub Saharan agreed to) and a less creative environment at 16,5 per cent.

Sixty-one per cent of the millennials prefer imported goods over local goods (with 70 per cent of the sub-Saharan region in agreement), leaving those preferring local goods coming in at 39 percent.

Eighty-six per cent of youth globally think that technology creates more jobs and only 14 per cent think otherwise.

The top three factors that one needs to have a successful career in the private sector are seen as: intellectual ability and skills at 55 per cent, continuous learning and being up to date on the latest information at 54 per cent, and a good social network inside and outside of the company at 46 per cent.

Forty-three per cent of the youth suggest that in order for business to create a youth friendly culture at the work place they need to be given an opportunity to contribute to vision and strategy, 36 per cent say they must be given the ability to express opinion freely and 35 per cent say they must be given an opportunity to fail and learn.

According to millennials, businesses make a huge contribution to society. Thirty-six per cent say business creates jobs, 20 per cent say it boosts the economy and attract foreign investments and 12 per cent say it improves livelihood.