Careers talks for young people ‘boost future earnings’

Recent research carried out by the Education and Employers Charity claims that careers education given to pupils in secondary school could mean higher earnings for them in adult life.

Teenagers who are more, and better-informed about careers, are likely to make more profitable career choices in later life. The research shows that after other factors were taken into account, such as students’ exam results and economic backgrounds, there were higher earnings for those who had received continual careers advice throughout their schooling.

Researchers used the British Cohort Study, which has been tracking the wealth, education, and health of people since 1970.

17,000 people were tracked, and it was found that teenagers could earn up to £2,000 extra in later life, for every six careers sessions they received when aged 14 to 15.

The results showed that careers talks and sessions in schools left a long-lasting employment impact, making students more successful in the world of work.

Providing young people with work experience

Capita TI recognises the importance of providing young people with insight into the world of work, and regularly visits local schools, colleges and universities to answer any questions that students may have about careers within the language industry.

Researchers also found that higher levels of employer contacts, in the form of careers talks with outside speakers, was linked to higher incomes in the labour market. It was concluded that receiving careers information and being able to meet employers in school had a meaningful and statistically significant impact on later earnings.

This just goes to show how career education translates into measurable earning advantages.

This research makes it clear just how important great careers insights and advice from people in the business world really is. It’s up to the businesses of today to develop our employees of tomorrow. At Capita TI we recognise just how important it is to provide young people with the skills they need to enter the world of work, so on top of the careers talks we give, we also invite students to undertake work experience and internship placements with us.

Without that vital education, how would students know about the wealth of work available in the language industry?

And more importantly, how would they gain the necessary skills in order to help them progress in later life?

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