Young Brits ‘feel forced into going to university despite other options’

Scores of young Brits feel they are being pushed down the route of going to university, according to research, Mirror is reporting.

A survey of 1,500 recent school leavers found two thirds were urged to go into higher education by teachers, while almost six out of ten said their parents wanted them to pick that option.

The study, carried out ahead of the deadline for UCAS applications on 15 January, also found seven in 10 kids asked their parents for advice on what to do with their lives.

But only around one in eight followed the advice given to them by mum and dad when deciding on the next step.

Rob Alder, head of business development for AAT, who commissioned the research, said: “For many school leavers university remains entirely the correct option.

“However, it’s not the only one available and many may not realise that there are alternatives available, including high-quality apprenticeships and trainee schemes which can unlock the door to a long and successful career.”

Of the school leavers who took part, 51 per cent went to university after finishing further education, and 11 per cent took part in an apprentice or trainee scheme.

The study also surveyed 500 parents of school leavers to uncover how they assessed their own involvement in their child’s decision.

Sixty two per cent of parents said their kids had come to them for advice on what they should do when they leave school.

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