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Mind the information gap!

21 March 2013

A survey of 13-16 year olds highlights the need for stronger careers advice in the curriculum to enable a more realistic grasp of the employment market. Lack of careers guidance is leading students to make misinformed decisions on their careers and choosing qualifications with little awareness of the job market.

Legislation places a duty on schools to provide independent and impartial careers advice to pupils and states advice provided to pupils must be considered by the person giving it to be in pupils' 'best interests'. If the 'information gap' is to be closed, advice should extend beyond standard career paths and jobs which are glamorised by the media, but which offer slim employment prospects.

The report may trigger a push for independent careers advisors engaged by schools to help change the slant of guidance they offer. In today's climate it is difficult to see how advice which fails to equip students for the realities of the job marketplace would be in their best interests.

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