Students in These Countries Have the Highest Salary Expectations
Here in the U.S., most students are pretty happy if they can just manage to line up a job after graduation. Salary expectations, if any, are modified by fear of underemployment. That’s not the case in some countries, where students graduate with plans that include high-paying jobs.
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Forbes recently ran a list of the countries with the highest post-grad salary expectations. The countries on the list tended to have a combination of low unemployment and a high cost of living.
That’s certainly the case in Switzerland, where unemployment is around 3 percent, but cost of living is sky-high. According to Forbes the average yearly salary expectation is over $84,000 a year. You get a lot for your money in Switzerland as a worker, as well: along with the rest of northern Europe, Switzerland is top-ranked for employee health and wellness.
Students in Norway expect over $78,000 U.S. dollars in average annual salary. Like other northern European countries, they can expect to pay higher taxes than U.S. workers, but receive better social benefits like lengthy state-mandated maternity leave.
The Danish are the most indebted people in the world, but also the happiest, according to the Happiness Research Institute. Perhaps their salary expectations — over $65,000, on average, for their first year out of school — are part of the reason why.
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Jen Hubley Luckwaldt
Jen Hubley Luckwaldt writes about work-life balance, stress management, and other topics relating to what makes us happy at work. A full-time freelancer, she deals with stress by blurring the lines between life and work to the point where the two spheres are barely separate. The happiest day of her career was when scientists proved that looking at pictures of cute animals makes us more productive.