Romanians spend an average of 23 euros per month on education, study finds

A recent study carried out for Upriserz, the online education platform dedicated to entrepreneurs and labor market professionals, revealed that Romanians spend an average of 23 euros per month on education. At the same time, more than half of the respondents believe that learning takes place throughout life.

Nearly 7 out of 10 Romanians spend no more than 25 euros per month on education, and 7% of respondents prefer to use free learning resources, according to the Upriserz study. Conversely, less than one Romanian in 10 spends large budgets between 75 and 167 euros per month.

The same source indicated that a Romanian spends about 4.5 hours per week, on average, in activities dedicated to learning, such as reading, attending various courses, events or webinars, podcasts or news. on various topics of interest. Young people (more than 7 hours per week) and seniors (nearly 6 hours per week) devote the most time to learning, with the latter having more free time. Meanwhile, people in the labor market spend about 4 hours a week learning.

Meanwhile, more than half (52%) of respondents think learning happens throughout life, while one in three (33%) think learning happens early in life , in childhood or adolescence.

The perception of learning changes with age. Thus, Generation Z (21-25 years old) are more likely to believe that learning is best in childhood and young age, while Generation X and Baby Boomers tend to say that learning lasts a lifetime. Additionally, Millennials and Gen Xers spend around 4 hours per week on learning, on average, being the least willing to allocate time to this activity.

Almost all study participants had done at least one learning activity in the previous year. On average, a person uses 2.6 resources or means to develop personally and professionally. Most of them read specialized articles and books or watch podcasts on various topics of interest.

The study also found that the net effect of the COVID-19 pandemic has been quite positive on learning habits, with nearly 3 in 10 people saying they have spent more time on personal and professional development over this period.

“We are happy to see that Romanians’ interest in continuing education is increasing. It is important to maintain the upward trend in this chapter, since Romania ranks last in European statistics regarding the continuation of the process of learning after graduation from an educational institution.” said Lorand Soares-Szasz, CEO of Upsiserz.

“Online education platforms have succeeded in meeting the needs of those who wish to improve their skills, accumulate knowledge in various fields or who need support in career guidance. This year, we have decided to continue to produce over 25 new courses, over 20 webinar hands-on courses, over 50 interviews and over 50 book summaries, also maintaining our leading position in this segment,” he added.

MKOR conducted the study for Upriserz on a sample of 1,066 respondents between the ages of 21 and 65 from urban and rural areas.

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Helen D. Jessen