Helping young people navigate the labour market
Wednesday 1 May 2013
The results of a recent survey, published by the Education and Employers Taskforce, suggests that there's a misalignment between young people's career expectations and the reality of the jobs available, highlighting the need for better careers advice.
The study, based upon a survey of 11,000 13-to 16-year-olds, aims to map the ambitions of teenagers against the employment market up to 2020. What is interesting to note is that many of the young people expressed an interest in pursuing jobs that are in fact in short supply.
For example there are 10 times as many teens aiming for careers in the culture, media and sports sector than there are jobs likely to be available. In contrast, fewer than one in 30 young people are considering jobs in banking and finance, even though one in 5 jobs are expected to be in this sector.