Career Advisors Failing To Equip Students For Jobs Of The Future, Report Finds

You may be surprised to learn that schools around the country spend less than the cost of a cup of coffee per student per year on career advice. That’s despite the fact youth unemployment has hovered around the 12-13 per cent mark for the last few years.

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In New South Wales, there are no minimum standards for career guidance courses in schools, and advocacy group Youth Action reckons that means young people aren’t getting the advice they need to succeed in the modern jobs market.

So about $3 gets thrown into teaching young people what their careers should look like and how to point them in the right direction, and we don’t think that’s good enough,” Katie Acheson from Youth Action told Hack.

The organisation wants more $$ pumped into career guidance in schools, the formation of minimum standards for the industry in NSW and better connections between businesses and schools so young people can find out for themselves what path suits them best.

“Let’s put a strategic plan in place to make sure that the guidance we’re giving young people is going to mean we have the workforce we need for the future,” Katie said.

“They already have the building blocks, so let’s put some money into it and make sure the strategy is in place not just for this year, but for next year and ten years in advance.”

Students ‘pushed towards uni’

Youth Action also wants better career development… for career advisors.

A lot of them don’t understand the changing nature of work, so can’t give the right guidance to students, she said.

“If your career advisor thinks the best place for you is a marketplace that doesn’t exist or is diminishing, say hospitality or manufacturing as a career goal, they’ll direct a young person into doing some particular training,” Katie said.

The NSW Business Chamber agrees.

The chamber co-wrote part of Youth Action’s report into career guidance, which is out on Tuesday. It said it was a “major problem” that career advisors were directing young people into uni, when trades may have more to offer them.

This article was originally published by Triple J Hack.

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