What do students know about work?
Senior Secondary School Students Perceptions of the World of Work.
A new report into the perceptions of work held by senior secondary school students provides a valuable insight into the current skills shortage and youth unemployment rate by uncovering a significant mismatch between student career aspirations and the reality of the labour market.
The study of 3,018 year 10, 11 and 12 students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds, funded by the AMP Foundation and conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) for The Smith Family, found that a majority of students are identifying preferred career paths based on their skills and personal interests with little to no understanding of the availability of these jobs in the current labour market. It also found that a quarter of students were planning insufficient education for their preferred job.
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