New Study Shows Gen Z Students Are Interested in Skills Learning Over Four-Year Degrees

Being a student in 2020 has been challenging to say the least. On top of cancelled events and remote learning, schools across the country are seeing a major shift in their students’ post-graduation goals. Why are more and more graduating students considering skills learning and trade careers over a traditional four-year Bachelor’s degree? Studies show that Generation Z is thinking beyond a four-year degree to find professional success in the workforce.

ECMC Group and VICE Media conducted a national survey this spring to learn about high school students’ perceptions of higher education and career goals.

Jeremey Wheaton, president and CEO of ECMC Group said to HVAC Insider, “This study shows that today’s students are incredibly resilient and resolute in their desire to forge their own path when it comes to education. It also illustrates that they have a keen understanding of the need for skills-based training and lifelong learning, which are integral to succeeding now and in the future.”

Stand-out statistics from the study include…

  • Worries about Student Debt
    64% of participants worry about how they’ll pay for higher education.
  • Value in Skills Training
    74% believe a skills-based education (e.g. trade skills, nursing, etc.) makes sense in today’s world.
    61% said the top place to learn is on the job.
  • Confidence in the Future
    84% believe their job prospects are equal to or better than their parents’ generation.

Consider a Career in the Bioheat® & HVAC Industry in Connecticut

The Bioheat® and HVAC industry has so much to offer for Gen Z graduates that want to secure a rewarding, well-paying job that is based in skills training and provides opportunities to grow a lasting career. In fact, the energy industry directly correlates with the goals shared by survey participants.

  • Worries about Student Debt
    Trade school and certification training for jobs in the energy industry do not require a four-year degree. Depending on the job, programs can range from 6 months to two years. Plus, when compared with four-year colleges, trade school and related training requires significantly less financial investment.
  • Value in Skills Training
    Jobs in the energy industry are hands-on and skills-based. Positions like HVAC service technician and fuel delivery driver combine skills learning and on-the-job training. Plus, all entry level jobs have growth opportunity and increased earning potential.
  • Confidence in the Future
    Fuel and HVAC companies in Connecticut are looking for qualified applicants now. The industry continues to grow, and specific advancements in Bioheat® fuel and high-efficiency HVAC technologies promote longevity for years to come.

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