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Unpublished Paper
On track? Students choosing a career
  • Adrian Beavis

This study conducted by The Smith Family has revealed that many disadvantaged students on the Learning for Life scholarship program are placing vocational interests ahead of salary interests when choosing a career. The study of more than 1,300 teenagers from financially disadvantaged backgrounds found that anticipated income does not factor significantly in their plans to attend university. Rather, the type of role and how closely it aligns with their interests and abilities has emerged as the deciding factor for these students, not the potential size of their pay packet. The research also found a strong correlation between parents' expectations of further study and students' desires to attend TAFE or university. The stronger the family support for university, the more likely students were to plan to go to university. What remains unknown is whether parents are responding to the student's plans or the students are responding to their parents expectations, or if both factors are at work. A concerning finding was that most of the disadvantaged students considered don't sufficiently understand the education level required for their 'dream job', or even the availability of specific jobs in the current market. Many students still have too little education for their desired career.

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Adrian Beavis. "On track? Students choosing a career" (2006)
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