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Is career guidance failing our nation?

In some age categories, as little as 9.6% of those looking for a new job are content with the choices they made at school – a sad indictment of how the careers advice received at a young age might be failing those  at a time when they need it most. 

The most alarming statistic is that 78.8% of 16-21 year olds would & lsquo;maybe’ or definitely study something else if given the choice, in many cases just months after finishing their A-Levels, NVQs or degrees.  

There is some good news, however. Whilst many would change their selections if they could, the same respondents are also open to the idea of re-training, either now or in the future. With only 11.5% saying that they would not consider going back to education, there is certainly a healthy demand for knowledge within the UK’s workforce.  

Where does this leave Britain? Lee Biggins, managing director of CV-Librarythinks, "The majority of us get things wrong, so support for students and children in making those all-important choices clearly needs to improve.  Do we really know what path our career will take at such a young age? Companies could probably be doing more to subsidise re-training and could definitely get involved earlier to help identify and support candidates at an early age where experience is everything. For those who replied yes, re-training is a popular and sensible option, but if we got things right first time we might find a very different outcome."  

 

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