The average 16-year-old expects to make £89,000 a year at the peak of their career, while almost one in five expect to break the £100,000 mark, a survey has found.

It suggests some students may have unrealistic salary expectations, given that the current average salary stands at £26,500.

The findings are from a Santander survey aimed at gauging young people’s career attitudes and expectations, released the day students discover their GCSE results.

The leading preferred career was in medicine and healthcare, followed by computing and IT, accountancy and banking.

The majority had sensible reasons for wanting to pursue their chosen career path. Finding the subject matter interesting was selected as the most important factor, followed by believing that the job would suit their personality and believing the job would suit their skill set.

“However, when asked about the elements they would prioritise in their first jobs, salary was selected as the biggest factor by almost a third of GCSE students,” Santander said.

“This was followed by the prospect for career progression (18%), whilst 17% said that they wanted a job that challenged them.”


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