How do career dreams really work out?


Warning over youth career aspiration-reality disconnect.

Research by the charity Education and Employers suggests five times as many 17- and 18-year-olds in the UK want to work in art, culture, entertainment and sport as there are jobs available. And this disconnect means far too many are "destined for disappointment". The report, Disconnected: Career aspirations and jobs in the UK, is based on a survey of 7,000 teenagers. Also using data from the Office for National Statistics, the charity found the greatest excess of aspiration related to jobs in art and culture, entertainment and sport, where five times as many 17- and 18-year-olds want to work (15.6%) compared with the projected demand in the economy (3.3%). And for most of those (51%), this was the only sector in which they expressed an interest. 

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