Careers talks ‘boost future earnings’, research finds

A study published in the Journal of Education and Work has found that pupils who are given a good careers education are more likely to make advantageous career choices.

The research measured the earnings benefit at around £2000 extra per year for every six careers sessions received between the ages of 14 and 15. The researchers used the British Cohort Study which tracked 17,000 people.

The findings suggested that even when other factors were taken into account, such as exam results and economic background, there were higher earnings for those who received sustained careers advice in school.

The report concluded that there was a long-lasting employment impact from carers support and education in schools.

Anthony Mann, director of policy and research for Education and Employers, said: "Other well-known studies have highlighted the benefits of employer engagement, but never before have we had such a robust analysis drawing on such rich data."

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