Young people's ambitions stunted by poor career advice
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Research has suggested that young people’s aspirations are not being met with relevant or helpful careers advice. The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) has found that, although 87% of those aged 14-19 have given thought to their career options and the right steps to achieve the job they want, the careers advice they are receiving is not keeping up with their demands. 84% of those questioned said that they would like, or would have liked, more advice from their school or college on their future options. 70% requested better guidance from teachers, whilst 61% would have benefited from speaking to someone in the relevant industry and 36% named trade bodies and employers as potential sources of help. The result of unhelpful career advice is incorrect assumptions, such as 71% of those aged 14-19 believing that they would need a degree to enter a career such as accounting – which isn’t true. 43% of those questioned said that the careers advice they were given in school hasn’t helped them make a decision about the career they want, or that they hadn’t been given any guidance at all.
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