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Teachers 'could help improve careers advice'

31/07/2014 Joanna
Many youngsters would like more advice from teachers regarding their career options, according to new research.

A study carried out by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) found that young people's aspirations could be harmed by poor careers advice, but greater input from those in teaching jobs could be a solution to the problem.

The AAT discovered that four in five young people have thought about their career path, but the advice they receive is neither relevant nor at pace with their demands, The Telegraph reports.

A mood of optimism prevails among youngsters regarding their prospects, with 84 per cent saying they are "likely" or "very likely" to enter their chosen career. However, 43 per cent claimed formal careers advice had not influenced their decision.

Many young people are relying on other sources for their advice. A quarter seek the opinions of their parents when deciding their vocation, while one in six emulate the aspirations of their friends.

According to the research, teachers could have a crucial role to play in helping young people. Some 84 per cent said they would like more careers advice from their school and 70 per cent said they would like guidance from those in teaching jobs.

Corinne Mills, managing director of Personal Career Management, said young people's social mobility could be affected by poor careers advice. 

She pointed out that parents are not always a reliable source of information, as they may be unaware of some options, such as jobs in digital technology and social media.

Ms Mills said schools should have access to specialist knowledge and better interaction with employers to introduce the idea of employment to children at a younger age.

"Personalised advice allows students to be realistic in what to expect from future employment," she added. "There are some great careers advisers within the country but this isn't the case across the board."

"It shouldn't matter whether you attend a good school or not, quality careers advice should be available to everyone."

The AAT research also showed employer input was valued by youngsters, with 61 per cent wanting advice from people already within an industry and 36 per cent desiring input from trade bodies and employers.

Teaching Personnel’s client schools can benefit from its Bright Starts service offering free Careers Guidance presentations for year 10 and year 11 pupils. From September 2014 Bright Starts will also be available for client schools as a free lesson plan.

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