RBC Poll: Students are making school decisions to satisfy their parents
TORONTO, Sept. 16, 2015 /CNW/ - Parents underestimate the influence they have over their children's
education, according to the latest 2015 RBC Student Finances Poll.
While 28 per cent of students say they chose the program they're in to
please their parents, only 21 per cent of parents think they have this
influence. What's more, when it came to deciding whether or not to go
to post-secondary school, 10 per cent of students made this decision to
satisfy their parents, but half as many parents felt the same.
Students are more pessimistic about their future than their parents may
realize. In fact, three-quarters (75 per cent) of students are
concerned about choosing a program that won't help them get a job after
graduation, and more than half of students (55 per cent) say that after
graduation they will likely have to compromise their values and take a
job that pays the bills instead of being fulfilled.
"We know that parents play an influential role in all aspects of their
children's lives, and school is no different," says Mandy Mail,
director of Student Banking at RBC Royal Bank. "From choosing which
school to attend to selecting a program, students are making decisions
to please their parents. It's important for parents to maintain an open
line of communication to ensure students are being thoughtful with
their approach and to help ease the stress and encourage a more
optimistic outlook on their future."
Goals: Money vs. happiness
Students' goals for what will make them happy after graduation also
differ from what their parents believe. Overwhelmingly, more parents
(67 per cent) believe that finding a job that is meaningful and
fulfilling will bring their child the most happiness, compared to only
42 per cent of students. Students put more emphasis than their parents
on making lots of money (14 per cent students versus eight per cent
parents), travelling (12 per cent versus four per cent), finding love
(eight per cent versus two per cent) and paying off debt (six per cent
versus two per cent).
"Whether in first year, or approaching graduation, students and parents
both have goals in mind. Having a conversation to understand key goals
and priorities helps align expectations and make sure there's a clear
path to success," adds Mandy.
Mandy suggests the following tips to help students achieve their goals:
Check on your goals: Students should ask themselves why they are going to school and what
they want to accomplish with their degree or diploma. That way they
have a clear path in mind right from the onset of school.
Keep open communication: Parents and students need to talk more and get on the same page. Open
communication throughout all school semesters will help to avoid
difficult situations (and possible resentment) down the road.
Do your research: Everything from labour market trends to the types of jobs and salaries
you can expect upon graduation.
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About RBC Student Finances Poll 2015
The 2015 RBC Student Finances Poll was conducted by Ipsos Reid through a
national online survey of 1,003 students aged 17 to 24 and of 1,001
parents of students in post-secondary school (as of September 2015).
Data were collected from June 23 to July 7, 2015. The results are based
on a sample where quota sampling and weighting are employed to balance
demographics and ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of
the actual Canadian student population according to Census data. Quota
samples with weighting from the Ipsos online panel provide results that
are intended to approximate a probability sample. Unweighted,
probability samples of this size, with 100 per cent response rate,
would have an estimated margin of error of ±3 percentage points, 19
times out of 20, for each sample group. All sample surveys and polls
may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited
to, coverage error and measurement error.
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