90% of school children concerned about future career choices

A new survey from Studently.com has found that almost 91% of secondary school children are worried about their future career choices, and that over 71% of 14-19 year olds want more guidance at school.

Over two-thirds (69%) feel they are being pressurised into making big decisions, with 38% specifically feeling pressure to follow in the family footsteps in terms of career choice.

Emerson Osmond, COO of Unii, the company behind Studently.com and former Head of Information and Advice at UCAS, said: “With schools ill-equipped to guide pupils through the complex process of choosing a suitable career or further education option, it’s not surprising that students are feeling anxious and confused about their future. Studently.com aims to help allay teenagers’ concerns, opening their eyes to potential studies and careers, and connecting them with like-minded students around the country.”

Dr Tessa Stone, CEO of education charity Brightside, said: “It’s vital that every young person in this country has the right support and information to fulfil their ambitions. Their future should not be dictated by the career and education choices of their parents, or restricted because over-burdened schools don’t have the specialist skills available to provide the impartial and up to date advice and guidance they need.”