Today sees the launch of a new report looking into the careers aspirations of young people together with the realities of the labour market. Published by City & Guilds and supported by EMSI, Great Expectations: Teenagers’ Career Aspirations Versus the Reality of the UK Jobs Market lifts the lid on young people’s attitudes to their future careers and to current careers advice.
The report is based on a survey City & Guilds commissioned back in September, in which YouGov asked a total of 3,154 people aged 14-19 across the country a number of questions about their career aspirations and future hopes. These included:
The results are both fascinating and eye-opening. According to City & Guilds’ press release:
The survey of over 3,000 14-19 year olds found young people were largely misinformed about how to secure their dream job with little understanding of the best routes to get there. Teenagers also had a low awareness of the range of jobs available when it came to choosing their dream career — two thirds of all the available jobs were entirely overlooked by respondents. City & Guilds worked with economic modellers EMSI to map responses against the available jobs now and in the future to show the mismatches between aspiration and reality and found that:
26% of respondents would like to work in professional, scientific and technical roles, whereas the proportion of people working in this sector is forecast to be 9% in 2022.
19% wanted to work in education, whereas just 8% of the population will be employed in this sector in 2022.
19% of respondents selected information and communication as their industry of choice, yet the proportion of people who will be working in this sector in 2022 is predicted to be just 4%.
Available at <https://www.economicmodelling.co.uk/2015/11/30/great-expectations-teenagers-career-aspirations-versus-the-reality-of-the-uk-jobs-market/>. Accessed in: April, 2017