Students who receive careers talks during their later years of secondary school are better equipped to make informed career choices, new research has shown.
The study, which was published in the Journal of Education and Work, shows that teenagers who are better informed are able to make better career choices, which can result in an extra £2,000 per year for every six careers sessions.
A particular boost in career success was shown when there were "higher levels of employer contacts, in the form of careers talks with outside speakers". The study concluded that where students received career information and met employers during their school years, there was a "meaningful and statistically significant impact on later earnings".
Anthony Mann, director of policy and research for Education and Employers, said: "Other well-known studies have highlighted the benefits of employer engagement, but never before have we had such a robust analysis drawing on such rich data."
The research used data from the British Cohort Study, which has been tracking the health, wealth and education of people since 1970.
Many headteachers have also spoken of the benefits of industry speakers. Nick Soar, head teacher at Bishop Challoner Catholic Federation in east London, said: "The pupils love it. They ask endless questions and you can see it really brings home to them what they need to do to succeed in the workplace."