More than half of teenagers want a career that ‘makes a difference’ – with purpose a bigger driver for them than money.
 
The poll of 700 youngsters aged 13-19 found careers in medicine, social work and green industries are among those they most want to pursue.
 
But while 42 per cent recognise they could make more money elsewhere, they claim it’s not their only motivation.
 
Instead, 49 per cent would like a job that involves sustainability and looking after the planet, such as working with electric vehicles or heat pumps.
 
And 48 per cent admire people who have the skills to do a job that helps people live more sustainably.
 
Ensuring their chosen career is ‘futureproof’ also matters to 52 per cent of teenagers, with roles in healthcare, software development and renewable energy among those thought to tick that box.
 
Liam Fairhurst, an apprentice at British Gas, which commissioned the research, said: “It’s fascinating to learn that money isn’t always the main motivator for today’s generation of teenagers – and I can honestly say I get so much more out of my job than that.
 
“We get to work with cutting edge renewable technology that’s going to make a real difference to the way people live their lives – and which will make an important contribution to our national net zero targets.”
 
The study also found 47 per cent of those polled said their friends share their views on the importance of making a difference with their career.
 
Although 48 per cent think people their age are too money-focused when it comes to choosing a line of work.
 
The average teen said they’ve known which career path they want to go down for the last three years – with family being the biggest influencer (49 per cent).
 
The more ‘self-aware’ generation
The OnePoll research also revealed 38 per cent of

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