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Warning over youth career aspiration - reality disconnect

By ITS Education Asia

We have all heard parents tell their children they can be anything they want to be. As teachers we encourage students to aspire to great heights. However, there is a serious problem with this type of advice on show in this recent article from the BBC website.

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".

So, as parents and teachers, should we actually be doing much more to try to get children to have realistic career aspirations?

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