Careers advice is failing a generation of school leavers

New research commissioned by Future First into social mobility and careers advice, has found that a generation of young people is being let down as a result of bad careers advice at school.

The poll, conducted by YouGov, revealed that 64% of adults said their school careers advisors had not been important in helping advance their careers and only 13% of young people said their careers advice had been important in helping them access a job.

The research also reveals the concerns of 16-19 year old students – 70% of whom believe it will be difficult to gain access to a good career and 39% who said they don’t know anyone with a career they would like to do.

Jess Cordingly, managing director of Future First said, “With youth unemployment at a record high and social mobility stagnating, this research is a wake-up call that should lead to meaningful change in the provision of careers advice.” She added, “Access to role models is key to social mobility and we are at risk of limiting the prospects of 600,000 young people this year alone, by not providing credible careers advice.”

Read the full report at Future First.

Nicki, Business Director


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One Response to Careers advice is failing a generation of school leavers

  1. Career guidance in many parts of England is poor, because there is no “careers service” as such. Connexions was set up to support those who are, or are in danger of becoming, NEET (not in employment, education or training), and many those who work in connexions are not professionally trained careers advisers. Many year 11s will never see a careers adviser at all. To improve the standards of careers guidance, there needs to be a proper, impartial all-age careers service (something this government has talked about, but not done much about), and careers advisers need to be required to complete a professional, graduate level qualification in career guidance, and then maintain their skills through continuous professional development. There also needs to be regular quality assurance in the workplace.

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