EADA Business School reveals the concerns of young people in Spain about their immediate future

20 November 2023

Youth Talks 2023 Report

In a revealing analysis of the concerns of young Spaniards, EADA Business School has presented the results of the largest global consultation carried out among the youth population, called Youth Talks. Youth Talks is the first initiative of the Higher Education for Good Foundation - the first non-profit education and research network created by our partner SKEMA Business School - of which EADA Business School is a founding member, along with 6 other organizations.

The report, based on the responses of more than 45,000 young people between 15 and 29 years old from 212 countries, highlights the predominant concern of the youth in Spain for their immediate future and personal stability.

Unlike their European counterparts, who identify the climate crisis as their biggest challenge (63%), 35% of young Spaniards point to economic stability and career prospects as their main concerns. EADA Business School, as one of the seven founding partners of this global initiative, seeks to analyse the concerns of the youth to positively influence decision-making and empower this generation.

Jordi Díaz, Dean of EADA Business School, highlights the importance of Youth Talks by stating that it is "a gift for all of us who want to make education the best tool to achieve a better and more sustainable world." PhD Julia Wolny, leader of the report for Spain and director of Impact, Sustainability Hub of EADA Business School, emphasizes that "the educational system has to adapt to today's reality and be suitable to improve the local and global future. The unfiltered words of youth are key to understanding their concerns and hopes."

The results show significant differences in the priorities of young adults in Spain compared to their European peers. While personal happiness (29%) tops their aspirations, followed by stability in life (22%), Western Europeans show a stronger interest in career and professional development (20%). Regarding collective concerns, climate change worries 35% of young Spaniards, in contrast to 63% of their European counterparts. Furthermore, the global economic and personal situation worries young Spaniards more (23%) than their Western European counterparts (15%).

The study also reveals that young adults in Spain are willing to give up mass consumption of material goods (20%) and a comfortable lifestyle (22%), compared to 61% and 44% respectively in Western Europe.

In conclusion, while the youth in Spain show a solid social awareness, the results indicate a lower environmental awareness compared to the rest of Europe. PhD Julia Wolny hopes that these findings will drive decisive action towards a more sustainable and equitable future by the actors involved.

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