Universities UK, the voice of UK universities, has just published a survey undertaken by ComRes sharing the insights from 2270 graduates and undergraduates which covers the reasons why people choose to study at university and what information they wish they had had beforehand. And it makes interesting reading..
When you need to make an important decision in life, it’s best to have all the facts and that is definitely the case when it comes to helping your teenager decide on their future.
This is particularly important when it comes to helping your child choose their degree as highlighted in a recent article in the Telegraph which explores which qualifications will stand the test of time and quotes our Lead Coach, Carolyn Parry.
It’s not about the money
Only around a third of respondents were motivated to go to university because they thought it would give them a higher salary. The key reasons for going include an interest in the subject of their choice, a general enjoyment of studying and learning and as a first step towards a career. This comes as no surprise to anyone who works with today’s young people. Money isn’t their biggest motivation – making a difference while having a decent work life balance are much greater concern for them.
We wish we had known more
The survey also showed up something else – the need for better careers information to inform subject choice. They also noted the lack of information on cost of living while studying.
A better approach
Every year thousands of young people get lost and fail to develop their potential because they don’t have a system to enable them to make good career choices and move forward effectively.
We recognised these needs three years ago and since then have created an easy to follow programme which addresses these issues.
Called INSPiRED Teenager, it provides an online resource to enable parents to transform their own teenagers’ academic and vocational career prospects. And it’s research-proven to be effective in helping parents and teenagers:
The eight-part video-based career coaching toolkit comes complete with a set of accompanying eBooks. Developed by Carolyn Parry, one of the UK’s top career coaches, the self-paced programme equips parents with all the resources you need.
Clarity in place of anxiety
The INSPiRED Teenager is also ideal for students focused on going to university, wherein a fast-changing world, making the right course choice is now harder than ever and some 10% drop out in the first year alone, racking up debt because of making an ill-informed choice. With ‘INSPiRED Teenager’, parents and carers can work confidently and accurately with teens to analyse the course options against a future work/career backdrop and also identify the key metrics of better performing, better value courses.
Learn at home
Delivered in self-paced video format through the Career Alchemy website, parents and teens can watch whenever it suits them and each module also comes with a comprehensive e-book to download which has been designed for all learning styles.
To find out more about the programme, and what other savvy parents say you can read more here.
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