PPS, a mutual financial services company, has published its latest Graduate Professional Index, highlighting the jobs that South African professionals find most rewarding.
The index is based on a survey of 5,837 professionals across every major job category, with online self-completion interviews completed during January 2019.
The results show that the majority of respondents (68%) feel confident about the future of their profession in the country over the next five years.
By comparison, 71% of the respondents said that they would encourage matriculants to enter into their profession – however, some professions are more assuring than others.
The majority (89%) of accounting professionals said that they would recommend their career to matriculants, while 80% of professionals said that they would recommend engineering.
At the other end of the scale, less than half (45%) of respondents in dentistry would recommend their profession.
When asked why they would recommend their profession, the majority of respondents said the ‘skills are really needed in South Africa’.
Just over a third (35%) of respondents said that their careers are personally rewarding, while less than one in 10 respondents said that their jobs are financially rewarding.
When asked about the state of youth employment, 36% of respondents think this is a government problem which they must solve, and 30% believe that their professional associations are also looking for solutions.
When asked why they wouldn’t recommend their profession, a third (33%) of respondents said that another profession would be more desirable.
Worryingly, 20% of respondents said that there are no job opportunities in the country.
This was a concern raised by 36% of engineers, 23% of respondents in the legal profession and 19% of pharma respondents.