Career Guidance Blamed for Poor Career Choices

Research from the Home Learning College has found that although three out of four British adults they surveyed received some career guidance at school, two thirds say it was not appropriate or useful.

This dissatisfaction rises to 73 per cent among those aged 41 to 50. As a result, two thirds say they would have taken a different career path if they’d benefited from the right intervention when they were younger.

Four out of ten adults said that no one has ever provided any useful career advice throughout their life.  But for those who had received useful advice, parents were credited with providing the best advice by 25 per cent of respondents, followed by teachers and university lecturers with 11 per cent of the vote. Friends received a positive mention from 9 per cent, with professional career advisers coming in with only 7 per cent.

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