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Warning over youth career aspiration-reality disconnect

Warning over youth career aspiration-reality disconnect

The career hopes and dreams of young people in the UK are at odds with the types of jobs available, a study warns.

Research by the charity Education and Employers suggests five times as many 17- and 18-year-olds in the UK want to work in art, culture, entertainment and sport as there are jobs available.

And this disconnect means far too many are “destined for disappointment”.

The report, Disconnected: Career aspirations and jobs in the UK, is based on a survey of 7,000 teenagers.

Also using data from the Office for National Statistics, the charity found the greatest excess of aspiration related to jobs in art and culture, entertainment and sport, where five times as many 17- and 18-year-olds want to work (15.6%) compared with the projected demand in the economy (3.3%).

And for most of those (51%), this was the only sector in which they expressed an interest.

The analysis suggests the greatest shortfall of interest is in accommodation and catering, which needs “almost seven times as many students (9.7% of the economy) as are expressing an interest (1.5%)”.

It also says: “Wholesale and retail trade similarly sees a very large shortfall – 2.6% expressing interest against 15.1% required.”

Read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-51192450

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