Young people don’t know how to prepare for a career, says new study

Over three quarters of 16-25 year-olds have gaps in their knowledge, or no knowledge at all about when and how to prepare for a future career, according to new research.

The authors of the careers advice report, which is based on a study of 500 UK-based people aged 16-25, call the findings ‘shocking’ saying that the shortfall in quality careers advice in schools has resulted in 79 percent of people aged 16-25 feeling unsure about what they should do, and when, to secure the best career for them.

The report reveals that more than three in every five people aged 16-25 in the UK (67%) think they have been failed by the government’s careers advice framework. It says that 46 percent of all respondents claim to have not received any advice before making important educational choices such as A-levels and degrees, and almost a quarter (22%) claim their careers advice made them make the wrong career decisions.

Just over half of respondents claim to have received careers advice at school but of these only 32 percent said the advice they received was helpful, and had positively impacted their education and career choices.

And nearly a fifth of those who took the survey and said they had received advice, added that it had made them make the wrong educational choices, which had negatively impacted their career.

Was the advice relevant?

From the groups of students that did receive careers advice, 35 percent of them say they trusted that the careers advice they received at school was relevant and up-to-date, but 26 percent completely disagreed. A significant number of respondents – 67 percent – said they think the government is failing at providing an effective careers advice framework in schools.

The report findings have triggered Debut Founder and CEO Charlie Taylor, who commissioned the research, to send an open letter to the Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening, asking why the Government’s ‘comprehensive careers strategy’ as promised back in January 2017, is now almost a year late. The open letter also lists suggestions for positive change, based on the report findings.

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