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40% of the young are uncertain about future

TAIPEI--Over 40 percent of young Taiwanese responding to a recent poll said they could not see where they were headed professionally in the future, according to the results of the survey released Saturday.

In the poll of young people aged 15 to 29, 44 percent said they were at a loss over what to do with their future.

Some 31 percent of the respondents said they were unsure about their direction while 13 percent said they did not even have a clue, the poll conducted by talent bank 360d HR Consultancy Co. and the Rotary Club showed.

Allowed to give multiple reasons for their uncertainty, 67 percent of the respondents said they did not know what job suits them, 53 percent said they did not know how to choose a profession, and 47 percent said they lacked confidence in themselves.

The poll also found that 81 percent of the respondents were worried about their future, with 51.3 percent citing concerns over stagnating wages, 49 percent worrying about inadequate savings and 46.1 percent questioning changing government policies.

One 24-year-old respondent, surnamed Lee, who has two years of work experience, said she was worried about her future mainly because she has not been able to apply what she learned at school in the workplace.

A biotechnology major, Lee worked for a while in customer service at an Internet company.

Lee said job prospects were limited for biotechnology majors who did not pursue advanced studies, especially jobs in research and development in the fields of food and medicine.

Further study was impossible, she said, given that she had to pay NT$6,000 (US$204.9)-NT$7,000 monthly on her student loan, and a monthly salary of NT$22,000 made it difficult to save money for further studies, she said.

She said she has found a new direction as a project manager after struggling for over a year and hoped to find a job overseas before she turned 30.

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