A quarter of teens don’t know what to do after compulsory education, survey finds

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5th August 2015 13:06 - Education

A recent survey, carried out by notgoingtouni.com, has revealed that more than 80,000 young people, aged between 15 and 18, do not knowA quarter of teens don’t know what to do after compulsory education, survey finds what they want to do after they leave compulsory education.

The survey also discovered that less than 25 per cent are considering going to university.

The findings – gleaned over a period of 15 months during a tour of schools in the UK – revealed that 45 per cent of young people have a good idea of what they’d like to do after school, but were not sure what to do to get there.

Just 27 per cent of the survey sample said that they knew what they wanted to do after compulsory education, however, 28 per cent had no idea.

When the respondents were asked who they would consult for career advice, 35 per cent said that they would speak to their parents, 18 per cent said they’d talk to a school careers advisor, and 22 per cent said that they would not need careers advice.

Of the students in the survey, 52 per cent said that they’d prefer to receive career advice face to face, although, 37 per cent said that they would prefer to get advice online.

The research asked the respondents which route they would take after leaving school, the findings are as follows:

  • University - 24.2 per cent
  • College - 17.7 per cent
  • Apprenticeship - 14.5 per cent
  • Gap year - 13.3 per cent
  • Job - 12 per cent
  • Starting a business - 7.8 per cent
  • Unsure – 6.2 per cent
  • Traineeship - 4.3 per cent

Of the students considering going to university, 29 per cent said that it would make they more likely to secure a high paying career later in life. As well as this, 17 per cent of those considering university said that they believed it was the best environment to learn, and 16 per cent said that they wanted to go for the social aspect.

When asked about what they thought of apprenticeships, 45 per cent said that they believed it is a great way to progress onto higher education.

However, the opinions were not all so positive, 27 per cent said that apprenticeships are for people who are not academic, and 7 per cent said that apprenticeships are for people who drop out of school.

20 per cent said that an apprenticeship wasn’t a route for them.

Chief Executive Officer of notgoingtouni.com, Sharon Walpole, said of the findings:

"Asking such a huge number of young Britons their thoughts and opinions on their future career paths was always going to bring up some interesting results.

"It is particularly noteworthy that less than a quarter of the 80,000 youngsters polled currently feel as though university is a viable option for them, something which is most likely due to the media attention surrounding the expensive nature of studying for a degree.

"It's also very positive to see that almost half of the students realise an apprenticeship is a good, and more cost effective, way to help them progress to higher education, but worrying to see how many wrongly believe they are only useful for people who have no academic skills or want to drop out of school early.

"Apprenticeships are far more beneficial than a degree for many reasons: you're earning whilst learning, the hands-on experience is invaluable and a lot of the time you're guaranteed a job with the company you've been training with at the end."

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