Young people believe they do not receive enough help with career planning

The Independent is reporting that the large majority of young people do not believe they are adequately supported at school in finding their first job.

On the day 700,000 15 and 16-year-olds receive their GCSE results, apprenticeship site GetMyFirstJob says its survey* highlights how more needs to be done to guide students into the world of work following their exams.

As well as the 98 per cent of young people who felt discontented with the supervision and job advice given by their school or college, a further 92 per cent said they felt the current UK education system prioritises exam results over career advice.

The majority also admitted to feeling unprepared for the world of work; 83 per cent were not advised on the best way to start looking for a job or apprenticeship, and only a third believed their school or college had provided satisfactory information about apprenticeships and their benefits.

As well as feeling unprepared on how to attain a job following their studies, scores of young people also feel they are not getting enough education on managing their finances, causing them to fall into debt in later life.

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  1. Nearly 30 years ago (eek!) when I was receiving career advice at school it was absolutely woeful then. It was a choice of the local factory, hairdressing or the Army. The Adviser honestly had no idea about anything else. I really wanted to be a Rally Driver or Astronaut.

    I ended up going into a YTS Scheme, (i.e. cheap labour and gets kids off the Dole. Nothing’s changed, it’s just called Apprenticeships now) and dossed about for a while in a series of jobs that I was bored sh*tless in.

    It wasn’t until my late 20’s did I go back to College, got my qualifications and got into University. I really wish I’d done it sooner but I’m now in a much better job, I manage Staff and I do alright.

    I still want to be a Rally Driver or an Astronaut though…

  2. gov2

    StuKP  All that advice and you’re moaning???  As I recall, my careers ‘advice’ (during an earlier period) amounted to something along the lines of ‘What do you want to do?’, ‘Don’t really know’, ‘Good luck’.

  3. YorkshireTeach

    SchoolsImprove Agree with comment re focus on exams, but I can’t help but think what are their parents doing?They could educate/inform.

  4. All young people should be provided with access to independent and impartial careers advice and guidance at critical points during their education. There is a register of qualified independent Careers Advisers on the CDI website in addition to a host of careers companies offering services to schools. It is now up to schools to contract with a provider this means allocating a budget for careers.
    Louise Jackson
    Independent Careers Advice Ltd

  5. YorkshireTeach SchoolsImprove But parents can’t be expected to know all the routes available or have a wide knowledge of what’s needed to enter different careers.

  6. The Technical and Vocational Educational Initiative introduced in the 80s did much to raise the profile of generic work-related education including careers education and guidance (CEG).
    Since TVEI funding stopped and particularly since 2010, the quality of CEG has plummeted.  This is partly down to Michael Gove who, according to ex-minister David Laws, had a visceral hatred of careers advisors.
    Pupils are being let down.

  7. EC_Kosters

    SchoolsImprove CornubiaGeol – young people? I (60+) absolutely never got any such advice. Turned out ok, though

  8. Janet2 YorkshireTeach SchoolsImprove That’s why the life skills network has put together a couple of courses on making the transition into the world of work.  You’re so right Janet – not every parent can be expected to know everything – that is why there should be well informed third party instruction in this pivotal area. DM me @sreelabanerjee to get access to these. Haven’t got them up on the site yet.

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