Careers education linked to higher earnings.

‘Careers education given to pupils in secondary school can be linked to higher earnings in adult life, according to researchers.

A study published in the Journal of Education and Work suggests that better-informed teenagers are likely to make more advantageous career choices.

It measures the earnings benefit as an extra £2,000 per year for every six careers sessions when aged 14 to 15.

Researchers used the British Cohort Study tracking 17,000 people.

The research, commissioned by the Education and Employers charity, found that once other factors were taken into account, such as exam results and economic background, there were higher earnings for those who had received sustained careers advice in school.

The study, by Christian Percy and Elnaz Kashefpakdela from the University of Bath, used data from the British Cohort Study which has been tracking the health, wealth and education of people since 1970.’ - BBC News

‘Pupils aged 14-15 went on to experience a wage premium of 1.6 per cent for each career talk that they found very helpful. A 14-year-old who received six careers talks could expect to earn an additional £2,000 at age 26, if in full-time employment.

Students aged 15-16 received a 0.9 per cent wage premium by the time they were 26, but only for those careers talks that they found very helpful.

Other factors that influenced pupils' future earnings, including economic status, academic ability and demographics, were taken into account by the academics.

The researchers suggested that the difference in impact for the different age groups could be explained by the fact that the older pupils were focused on exams, while the younger group were still exploring options for post-16 study and work.

They point out that career talks provide young people with a form of social capital, helping them to make better-informed choices as they progress through school.  

Andreas Schleicher, director for education and skills for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, said: “Everyone would expect that career insights which children obtain early in school will change the way they engage with learning in related subjects, their view of their own future and their career aspirations. For the first time, it has now been possible to provide evidence for that.” ‘ - TES

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