Just 40% of young people receive useful careers advice: report

According to new research from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), parents and young people do not feel that they have access to useful careers advice and more needs to be done to help young people make informed choices into professional careers.

In the survey of 2,448 14-24 year olds and their parents, only half of young people have had a careers conversation with a teacher or careers advice professional in the last year. Of those, only 79% found it useful, so just 40% of young people received careers advice that they felt was useful within the last 12 months.. Parents were, on the whole, happy to give children careers advice but felt they lacked knowledge.

One surveyed mother said: “The variety of jobs and career opportunities is so different these days with all the technology, I don’t know enough about all of the career options available, and don’t understand what a lot of the jobs entail.”

Sarah Hathaway, Chair of Professions Week, said: “This is the second year we have researched perceptions of professional careers and it shows that we must still do more to make sure that both young people and their parents receive better careers advice and guidance. Professional bodies can help by providing accurate information for careers advisors and online sources, however there is a need for a coordinating role between individual advisors, their schools and colleges, professional bodies and employers.”

Petra Wilton, Director of Strategy at the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) said: “The professions offer fantastic opportunities for young people but we have to make sure that they and their parents better understand these exciting jobs. That means making employability a priority in education, so young people know what’s needed for a professional career and have the information they need to make the right choices about their studies. With the UK labour market needing a million new managers over the next five years alone, this research shows how important it is that we improve careers advice for young people.”

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