Nearly one in five women wishes they'd waited... Statistics
To choose their career, that is. The latest research from Oxford Open Learning Trust has found that 17% of women aged 18-24 years old feel that they made their career decisions at too young an age.
The YouGov survey of 2,000 adults, commissioned by Oxford Open Learning Trust alongside launching the career change advice tool the Profession Picker, looked into the careers advice Brits received at school and how they felt about the paths they chose to their careers.
Over a third of young women aged 18-34 (35%) said that the education and training they’ve received so far has not prepared them for their current career.
Upon leaving secondary school, 18% of women aged under 35 years old said they left without any careers advice and 71% of these females surveyed admitted that their current career is not what they thought they’d end up doing when they left school.
This could be the reason for so many millennials pursuing career changes in their mid-twenties. A previous survey by Oxford Open Learning Trust found that almost half (44%) of 25-34 year olds had already changed careers.
The poll also revealed that almost two-thirds of female workers in Britain (65%) said that they would consider training or retraining for a new career.
Despite many young women having doubts about their career paths, efforts over the last decade to encourage female students to study STEM subjects seem to have paid off. In this years’ survey, just 3% of young women aged 18-24 claimed they felt pushed towards gender-stereotypical subjects at school.
A recent study conducted by Microsoft found that girls in the UK become interested in STEM subjects just before the age of 11 and that secondary school years were important in deciding if she will work in a STEM focused industry.
Dr Nick Smith, courses director and founder of Oxford Open Learning Trust, said: “Schools have come a long way in the last decade in recognising equality between male and female students when it comes to picking the most appropriate subjects for their career. Although what is clear from the study is that many young women feel they are making decisions about their career path too young and this is resulting in many changing their minds during their mid-twenties.
“For those who feel that they have been trapped into a certain career path due to making important choices too young, it is never too late to train again. We created the Profession Picker tool to help those thinking of a career change. Each year, we serve learners that might need an extra qualification such as GCSE or A Level in order to get their desired job and start a new career.”
By Jack J Collins, Editor of AllAboutLaw
Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Because one in three UK office workers aren't, a new survey by PureGym has revealed. A third of office workers fail to reach the recommended two and half hours of exercise per week, and two-thirds blame work pressures for their lack of activity!
Research has revealed the top 10 highest paid jobs for women, which all have under a 10% gender pay gap. Train drivers and those in a STEM career are amongst those in the fairest jobs in our society. Darren Best, from Savoy Stewart, had more for us on how the gender gap is different in different roles.
A recent report has shown that nearly half of all students now use their smartphone as a study aid on a regular basis, with a mix of traditional and modern methods being the preferred method for the majority of students.
According to new research released today by global recruitment specialist Michael Page, more than one in two (53%) working Brits who’ve been in a relationship admit to arguing with their partner as a result of work – due to either job stress or being in a bad mood at the end of their working day.
Ping pong tables, hammocks and wacky office designs may look good in pictures, but they don’t necessarily make employees any happier or productive, according to new research..
In the past few years there have been a lot of studies that have found social class discrimination to still exist within many workplaces and during the recruitment process. Over 52% of HR managers and directors believe social class inequality occurs in the workplace, with 79% believing an unconscious bias to exist in recruitment and promotion opportunities.
Research confirms shift in power from employers to job seekers, as two thirds of Gen Z candidates believe interviews are about determining whether an employer is suitable for them
With some help from our friends at Bupa, we’ve found out some interesting facts and figures about the famous workplace ‘sickie’, and we thought it would only be right to share them with you.
There’s all manner of ways to fail an interview and manage to make a fool out of yourself in front of your interviewer, but recent Barclays research has revealed the top ten most common mistakes you can make.
It only takes five days at the office for a new recruit to decide if they like the company or not, and that a majority would consider leaving a new job in the first week if it is not what they were expecting, it has been revealed.
Latest studies have revealed that nearly four in five University students expect to work without pay following the completion of their Higher Education. 79% of students polled stated that they expected to either intern or work on a zero-hour contract once they had graduated.
A recent ComRes report has shown extremely positive trends in the way that 16 to 19-year-old school leavers are approaching their career planning. Their levels of research, ambition and long-term aims are all extremely positive and show a depth of understanding and work-savviness that has perhaps been missing from earlier generations.
With new students now all but settled in at University, a new trend has begun to emerge within the parental sphere – refresher week, or simply refreshers.
As Autumn segues into Winter, new research has revealed that one in ten UK workers don’t take a lunch break, and another 15% don’t leave their desks, resulting in less productivity and slower afternoons in offices all over the UK.
An astonishing 47% of UK workers would like to change their career, recent findings have revealed.
In a week that has revealed that HALF of meetings are unproductive, according to those within them, further research has revealed that one of the causes of this unproductivity is sleeping in meetings!
Latest studies have revealed that just under half of the working UK population feel like they’re spending too much time at work. Interestingly, women are around 5% likelier to be happy with their work-life balance than their male counterparts.
The average working week in Britain is more than 40 hours, so good coworkers are key to maintaining happiness. A recent survey done by Glassdoor based on anonymous reviews has revealed the Top 10 Friendliest Workplaces in the UK!
A national health and safety law consultancy survey has ruled that the home-made packed lunch is fast becoming relegated to history in the workplace.
A shock study has revealed that only 0.6% of workers have ever read their contracts. The survey, carried out by Protecting.co.uk, interviewed 1000 people, of which only 6 answered that they had read their employment contract in full.
A study has revealed that over half of teachers in the UK would not recommend their profession to their loved ones. In fact 55% told Wesleyan that they would not be extolling the virtues of teaching to those around them, a huge 11% leap from the 44% that answered this way in the same study a year ago.
Are vocational Courses the answer to job satisfaction and financial independence?
Here at AllAboutCareers we’ve been working with our friends at Conference Genie to get the lowdown on how to become a superstar employee in the eyes of your employer. We asked 500 managers from across the world of work to help us define these key qualities, traits and signs which make up their best workers. Here’s what we found!
A new report from HSBC, named Learning for Life, which is the second in their ‘The Value of Education’ series has found a host of interesting statistics about parents, their children, and the relationship they have in regards to education.
The Intergenerational Fairness (IF) Index is a yearly report about the prospects of young people in relation to the generations that have come before them. It measures this on a scale with a variety of factors including career prospects, education, health, housing and debt, and then cross-examines this against an idex of each year that has come before.
Latest figures have shown that Liverpool is leading the surge in UK jobs, with the amount of job postings rising nearly 60% from June 2014, way ahead of the national average growth of 40%. This comes straight after a May report found that the north-western city had the fastest growing job market in England.
Graduates from the Class of 2015 have 16% more jobs to choose from than their 2014 counterparts, a recent job market report for June has suggested. In fact, this huge rise has contributed to the total UK vacancies reaching a post-recession high, up by a huge 30% from May 2014.
Qualifications: are they really that important? Teachers are always banging on about the importance of doing well in your GCSEs, A-levels and degree, but what’s the real difference between leaving school with no qualifications and graduating from university? We look at how your level of education could affect how much you earn.
Which university can count the most millionaires amongst its alumni? Who churns out the fat cats? A survey of 549 self-made millionaires has revealed that it’s the University of London, not Oxford or Cambridge, that produces the most millionaires. Surprised?
Some universities have a significantly lower number of state school students than the national average. So who are the worst culprits? Place your bets now, as we reveal who had the lowest intake of state school students in 2010. We’ll give you a clue: it’s not Oxford…
Ever wondered if employers really care about what university you go to? High Fliers’ The Graduate Market in 2012 report has surveyed the Times Top 100 Employers to find out which universities they plan to target with their recruitment campaign. You’ll be surprised to see who is number one…
We all have our preconceptions when it comes to the value of certain degrees. Engineers might sniff at media studies students, and parents might despair when their child opts to study history at university. But is sneering at arts-based subjects justified? Does engineering really offer great employment opportunities? Is a business studies degree a sure-fire route into the world of employment?
The future’s bright, the future’s “online professional profiles”…?
Whilst how much you are going to be paid shouldn’t be the sole factor in deciding which banks to apply to, it’d be pretty naïve to say that salaries aren’t important – particularly in the high rolling world of investment banking. So how much are you going to earn as an investment banking analyst?
Those born in September are more likely to do better at school and attend a Russell Group university than those born in August. We sift through the Institute for Fiscal Studies’ latest report to discover just how your birth month might affect your academic results and future career…
Ever wondered if your degree will really affect how much you earn? Well, if the statistics published in the Graduates in the Labour Market 2012 report are anything to go by, people who study degrees in science earn more, on average, than those who study arts degrees. Not surprised? There are some results that will raise an eyebrow or two…
Countless articles are produced every day, month, week and year focussing on graduate employment rates, how many graduates are working in the industry they want to be working in, how many graduates are stuck in Starbucks or McDonalds, blah blah blah. Before the 2008 recession, it seems as though everybody lived in a very happy place where they went to university, strolled into the ideal graduate job and lived happily ever after. It’s highly unlikely that this was the case in all honesty, but ever since the economy has slumped, the media would have it that the apocalypse has finally arrived for graduates. Too many people going to university! Not enough jobs for our graduates! Graduate unemployment through the roof, what are we going to do?!
According to the New College of the Humanities (NCH), a whopping proportion (60%) of the people at the top of their profession in the UK studied a humanities, social science or arts degree. The degrees of over 800 professionals were investigated as part of the study, including MPs and CEOs of FTSE 100 companies. Only 15% of the industry leaders who took part in the study had studied science, technology, engineering or mathematics subjects at university…
Research released this week shows that a large salary is no longer the top priority for students considering their first job; access to training and development is now the most important factor for you ambitious bunch. How do the results compare with your own priorities?