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By Brenda Cronin

A new poll reveals many aspiring successors to Steve Jobs among young Americans yet to enter the work force. However, career training hasn’t yet caught up with their aspirations.

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To learn about the next generation of workers, pollster Gallup joined with Operation HOPE, a nonprofit that promotes financial literacy, in a multiyear survey of fifth-graders through high-school seniors about work, education and training.

According to the first findings, released Thursday morning, 77% of all students surveyed want to be their own boss; 45% plan to start their own businesses and 42% went even further, saying they agreed with the statement “I will invent something that changes the world.”

The telephone poll of 1,721 students across the country has a margin of error of +/-3 percentage points.

Read the complete story in the Wall Street Journal here.


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