The results of the survey conducted by MLE in the Q2 2017 clearly indicate a high level of involvement of young people in the development of the Polish energy sector and its community. ¾ gets involved within the energy sector community, either on behalf of employer or on their own; and ⅔ declares engagement in energy related initiatives also after working hours.
As much as 76% chose working in the energy sector because they are interested in energy and 46% because they believe that this sector will grow dynamically in the coming years. Although statistics show that wages in the power sector are higher than in most other sectors of the economy, only 17% of respondents were financially driven in their choice of job and 12% of their work-life balance.
As many as 94% of respondents associate their future with energy industry and 90% would recommend working in this sector to their friends.
Young people positively assess their level of involvement in developing the energy sector in Poland; As many as 74% rated this level as high or very high. However, only 49% rates highly the impact of young people on development of energy industry in Poland, while 51% think that young people have little or no influence.
Young people see the existing generation gap in the Polish power industry.
⅓ respondents correctly estimated the average age over 50 years. The vast majority indicated that the average was over 40 years.
At the same time, respondents point to the barriers that make it difficult for young people to develop in the Polish energy sector - in their opinion there are no initiatives aimed at raising the level of knowledge of young people on energy issues (50%), no interest from employers in developing skills of young people within their organizations (46%), unfavorable organizational culture (41%) and the unwillingness of experts to share knowledge in fear of competition (15%). It is worth noting that nearly ⅓ of the respondents pointed out lack of contacts and knowledge as a barrier to career development in the energy industry.
Half of the respondents believe that young people in the energy industry lack opportunities to develop at work. 47% indicated no access to authorities outside of work and 45% pointed tono networking opportunities in the energy sector. Only 14% thought that young people lacked inspiration or simply did not want to develop their careers.
Young professionals point to the need to tackle the problems of power shortages (71%) and Polish mining (69%) as well as the integration of the Polish energy market with the EU Internal Energy Market (42%) as well as RES integration (41%). The need for diversification of gas supplies and the construction of the regional gas hubs were indicated by only 19% and 15% of respondents respectively. Respondents also pointed to the aging coal blocks and transmission networks.
Respondents also agreed on the key steps required to ensure the long-term sustainable development of the Polish power industry. 83% indicated the need to formulate a long-term strategy for energy sector. 44% considered the construction of new transmission networks most important and 42% indicated the launch of capacity market. Only 14% considered full liberalization of electricity and gas markets the most important step. Respondents also pointed out the development of RES for the consumers and the construction of energy storage.
WHO ARE YOUNG LEADERS IN ENERGY?
78 people aged 29 on average responded to MLE’s survey (the youngest participant was 21 and the oldest 44). 57% of respondents work in the manufacturing sector, energy companies or transmission infrastructure operators. A smaller group is employed in public administration (14%), legal and advisory firms (9%), non-governmental organizations (5%) as well as energy trading, media and RES sector. As much as 96% declared higher education, primarily technical.