Work-life balance in a future job is more important to U.S. student developers than any other early career goal, according to HackerRank’s Student Developer Report 2018, which includes a survey of 10,350 student developers in the U.S., U.K., India, and Canada.
HackerRank is an online resource for developers interested in learning new skills.
Work-life balance was defined first and foremost by student developers in the U.S. as flexible work hours, followed by good vacation or paid time off benefits, remote worker support, and a company that focuses on goals rather than a particular number of hours worked.
“To speak to these students, employers shouldn’t just talk about work-life balance; they should actively encourage it. Even when younger generations are offered balance opportunities, they fear what coworkers will think if they take advantage of them. Openly encouraging a culture of balance will help them feel at ease,” the report reads.
Students in India, Canada, and the U.K. ranked professional growth and learning as their top priority, followed by work-life balance.
The report also found that about 27 percent of developers who participated in the survey said they are self-taught, while roughly 38 percent had a combination of independent learning and instruction from a computer science school or university.
At 17 percent, the U.S. has the smallest share of computer scientists who were solely self-taught.
Developer students were far more likely to use YouTube as a resource than professional developers were. While both students and professional developers look to Stack Overflow first for fixes and learning, (88 to 77 percent), 73 percent of students look to YouTube, compared to about 64 percent of professionals.
Both use YouTube and Stack Overflow more often than books, online courses and tutorials, or academic papers.