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Career Advice in UK – Only half (50%) of 14 – 24 year olds have had it, 79% found it useful

Parents and young people do not feel that they have access to useful careers advice and that Careermore needs to be done to help young people make informed choices into careers as a professional.

The survey of 2,448 14-24 year olds and their parents shows that whilst there are high levels of awareness about different professional jobs, some young people have low aspirations due to lack of good quality careers advice offered to them and their parents.

Only half (50%) of 14 – 24 year olds have had a careers conversation with a teacher or careers advice professional and of those who had careers advice only 79% found it useful which highlights that only 40% received careers advice that they felt was useful.

While, the majority of parents are happy to give their children careers advice (86%), of those that didn’t, the most common reason was that they didn’t know enough (60%). Many who did give advice felt that the biggest challenge was that their children did not believe them or were not interested. As one surveyed mother said: “The variety of jobs and career opportunities is so different these days with all the technology, I don’t know enough about all of the career options available, and don’t understand what a lot of the jobs entail.”

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at  Less than half of 14-15 year olds receive useful careers advice: ePolitix.com.

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