September arrives with the return to school, also for those who start a new university and higher degree course. Among the aspects that most concern students of non-compulsory education in this new course, they highlight the financing of their studies, the digitization of teaching and future work. These conclusions are drawn from a survey conducted by Beruby for Amazon.es with 3,000 students over the age of 18 from all over Spain.
Studies: close to home and in public centers
When it comes to pursuing higher education, the majority of those surveyed do so “at home”: 7 out of 10 students do so in their city of residence, and 2 out of 10 in another province. That is why 73% of those surveyed state that they live with their parents, while only 16% share a flat, and only 1% reside in a hall of residence. 10% of those surveyed say they live alone. By region, Murcians (35%), Galicians (34%) and Valencians (33%) lead the list of young people who study outside their city of residence, whether in their autonomous community, another or abroad, while People from Madrid (82%), Asturians (74%) and Cantabria (74%) are the ones who study the most in their city.
Public education continues to be the most demanded: 74% of those surveyed study in a center subsidized by the State, compared to 17% who do so in a private one, and 6% in a concerted center.
Digitization of teaching
The recent pandemic has also accelerated digitization in the classrooms of older students. How does the online age affect college and graduate students? Half of those consulted (49%) believe that digitization has decreased the quality of teachinga, highlighting the people of La Mancha where almost six out of every 10 respondents acknowledge that they agree with this statement. The other half is divided between those who think that, on the contrary, it has improved (26%) and those who consider that it has not changed (22%). In this regard, the Basques (30%) are the most optimistic, considering that digitization has contributed to improving educational quality.
However, a large majority (92%) believes that technology is necessary for teaching for different reasons: opens new doors for a better working future, because it is a quick and basic tool to access certain content and because it improves communication with teachers, among other reasons. But for 3 out of 4 students surveyed (74%) the digitization of teaching could be an obstacle, since not all students have the same access to the internet and devices. 86% of those enrolled in university and higher education centers admit to having digital tools for their studies, and only 10% exclusively use offline tools, such as libraries.
The (tele)work of the future
Labor flexibility is considered as one of the main requirements when looking for work. The students are clear: 19% will look for a job that allows them to telecommute 100% of their working day, and 29% require that, at least, they include the option to telework partially in their contract. 31% opt for telecommuting, but do not consider it a conditional option to accept a job. Only 11% prefer a 100% face-to-face job.
The survey carried out by Beruby for Amazon also shows that half of the students (51%) are convinced that it will be difficult for them to find a quality job after finishing their higher education, compared to 26% who believe that it will be easy. 13% think that they will even have to go abroad to find a quality job in line with their studies. By age, those between 21 and 24 years old are the most pessimistic, since 52% see their incorporation into the labor market as difficult.
finance some studies
How much does it cost to study a career or a higher degree course? The survey determines that, in addition to enrollment costs, 34% will invest between €1,000 and €2,000 this school year, 28% less than €1,000, and 20% more than €2,000. In what items is this budget allocated? 30% on transportation, 19% on paying for a flat or residence, 15% on food, another 15% on material for extracurricular activities and 11% on electronics and digital media.
When asked how they finance these expenses, 34% of the Spanish students surveyed admit that they work for it. Only 18% are on scholarships, and the other 18% are supported exclusively by their parents. Only 1% have applied for a loan to pursue higher education. By Autonomous Communities, Asturias (41%), Community of Madrid (40%) and Andalusia (36%) are those with the highest number of students who work to pay for their studies. Canarians (27%) and Murcians (23%) lead the list of students who acknowledge being awarded scholarships.
Does the current socioeconomic situation affect school expenses? Yes, 67% say that the current crisis affects price increases. 39% think that spending is higher than the previous year and 26% higher than in the last two years. Only 10% think that it is the same as any year. 51% think that studying is expensive and 36% very expensive, compared to 11% who think it is appropriate. Only 1% believe that studying is cheap.
62% demand more public aid to finance studies, compared to 26% who think they are satisfied with the current state contribution. 22% of the students surveyed think that private entities should get more involved.
In his free time, streaming sweeps: 61% of high school students listen to music, 66% enjoy movies and series, 51% practice sports, 44% spend it on their social networks, 46% read and 34% play games. video game. And it is that the use of the Internet, without educational purposes, occupies between 1 and 3 hours a day to 58% of the students surveyed, between 3 and 5 hours a day to 17% and more than 5 hours a day to 8%. 18% spend less than 1 hour.
When using the different services and platforms, students are clear that a premium subscription – monthly or annual subscription program that offers exclusive advantages – allows them to save. 7 out of 10 claim to be subscribed to Amazon Prime Student, which costs 2.49 euros per month, 50% less than the price of the Amazon Prime subscription, and which is barely the price of two coffees or two bus tickets.
Ana Costi, Marketing Director for Amazon.es and Amazon.it states “Prime Student was created exclusively so that Spanish students could enjoy the best shopping and the best entertainment. There is no other service where students can enjoy so many products and services from the same place.” The Prime Student subscription offers unlimited access to Amazon Prime Video, where you can find the latest movie and series titles. It also offers a library of over two million songs and hundreds of playlists with ad-free Amazon Music, unlimited photo storage with Amazon Photos, access to hundreds of books, magazines, comics, etc. with Prime Reading, access to Prime Gaming, which includes benefits and discounts gaming exclusives, like a free subscription to a Twitch channel each month, plus unlimited 1-day shipping on over 2 million products and 2-3 day shipping on millions more. Amazon Prime too offers free two-hour delivery for weekly supermarket purchases with Amazon Fresh in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Seville, and in more cities with DIA**.
As for the allocated budget, 26% of students spend between €10 and €20 per month on subscriptions or premium rates, 25% allocate up to 10 euros per month and 20% do not spend anything on this type of service. 18% spend between 20 and 30 euros, 7% between 30 and 50 euros and only 5% spend more than 50 euros. By region, the people of La Mancha (11%) are the ones who most invest more than 50 euros in this type of service, while at the extreme are the Aragonese (33%) who acknowledge spending nothing. Three out of 10 Basques allocate up to 10 euros per month, while almost half of Catalans (49%) allocate between 10 and 20 euros per month to enjoy subscriptions or premium rates.