Pupils go to parents, teachers and friends for careers advice – not to careers consultants, research shows

The Tes reports that the survey findings come as the government pledges £4 million to appoint a careers leader in every school. The finding has been published on the same day that the government announced it will be providing £4 million to fund a careers leader in every school by the start of the 2018-19 academic year.

Freelance careers researcher Deirdre Hughes surveyed more than 2,000 young people, including school pupils, further education students and those at university, on their careers decisions.

She found that, when making decisions about what to do after Year 11 or Year 13, three-quarters of pupils asked parents, carers or relatives for help and advice. Family members were by far the most popular source of advice.

Subject teachers at school or college were the second most popular source of advice: their help was sought by 69 per cent of pupils planning to go to university and 68 per cent planning to study academic subjects at a further education college. Teachers were a less popular source of advice – at 48 per cent – for those pupils planning to pursue a technical route after school.

Schools careers advisers came fifth on the list, with their advice sought only by 42 per cent of pupils planning to study at university, 38 per cent planning to take academic subjects at an FE college, and 40 per cent of those planning to follow a technical route.

However, careers advisers were ranked seventh most helpful, out of 10 sources of information: below school teachers, parents and community workers, such as religious leaders or youth workers.

Read more Pupils go to parents, teachers and friends for careers advice – not to careers consultants, research shows

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  1. Anonymous

    My suggestion is for people to read the actual document – To my mind this article isn’t a true representation of what the document is saying

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