Young people inspired by science in school are being lost to the field for lack of knowledge, know little or nothing about how to pursue a career in science and rely on their family for advice on how to do so, research suggests. This is from the Times…
Young people said they largely enjoyed science, especially in secondary school, and a high proportion thought it was a good area to work in. But 63 per cent of teenagers said they knew “not much” or “nothing” about opportunities to work as a scientist. Only 4 per cent said they knew a great deal about a career in science.
Asked who they turned to for advice and information about careers the most popular answer, cited by 67 per cent, was family. Next came a teacher (49 per cent), careers adviser (44 per cent) and friends (37 per cent).
Just 22 per cent said they had advice from someone working in the field and 14 per cent said they got information from an employer’s presentation.
The study, commissioned by the science charity the Wellcome Trust, shows the mismatch between the popularity of science, highlighted by figures such as the television presenter Professor Brian Cox, and the shortage of scientists and technology graduates.
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