Recently I wrote about the varied groups lining up to give school-age careers advice (IAG) a ticking-off. But what evidence is available to help us understand the broader issue?
Here’s an overview:
In 2009 the Department for Children, Schools and Families (as it was then known) commissioned the University of Westminster to investigate ‘How young people formulate their views about the future’.
The research team talked to 610 pupils in 27 schools, focusing (but not exclusively) on the aspirations and decision-making process of year 7 pupils (11-year-olds) and the subject choice decisions of Year 9’s (13-year-olds). It is an excellent study and the springboard for quite a lot of research in this field – if you haven’t got a lot of time but you are interested in the subject, I’d recommend you read the contents page and the executive summary.
Others worth looking through:
- 2011 – Quantitative study of awareness and attitudes to vocational careers guidance among 1620 15 to 19-year-olds and 1693 parents of students of the same age group (plus two online qualitative focus groups) – Chrysalis for City and Guilds
- 2011 – Quantitative study of awareness of post-GCSE options among 500 14-year-olds – Loudhouse for AoC, Colleges Week 2011
- 2012 – Quantitative study of the attitudes to careers advice (anxieties/concerns in giving it) of 750 parents of 11-18 year olds and 500 teachers at key stage 3 and 4 – Researchbods, for AoC, Colleges Week 2012
- 2013 – Quantitative study of careers advice sources and attitudes among 300 11 to 15-year-olds and 796 secondary school teachers – Yougov for Pearson
- 2013 – ‘Nothing in common’ – career aspirations of 12,000 young people aged 13 to 18 (later mapped against labour market) – Blive foundation for Employers and Education Taskforce/UKCES (p.24 of this one has a really good summary of articles and [some] research on IAG.)
There are lots of others, including the recent TES/Barclays Lifeskills study – if you have particular favourites that cover something new in this area please do feel free link to them in the comments section.
Related (good) studies
- 2013 – Exam results and ambitions – survey of 1,600 young people on related issues (including careers advice) – Prince’s Trust and HSBC
- 2013 – ‘Employers are from Mars, Young People from Venus’ – qualitative study of mismatch between employer and young recruit expectations, CIPD
- 2011 – ‘Not enough capital’ – the impact of low cultural, social economic capital on career and progression choices in FE – literary review and qualitative study with 8 focus groups in FE Colleges – Royal Society of Arts