IMI: “When I grow up I want to be…!”

School children explain their future career aspirations as new research commissioned by Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) highlights disparity between parents and teenagers’ ambitions and a lack of quality careers advice.

Scroll down to find out more from the IMI and to watch the video!

According to this new research, it seems that parents and their offspring have very different opinions about the options available when leaving school. 84% of parents said they would choose university over an apprenticeship for their children, even though 61% admitted that they believe work experience is what employers look for in potential job applicants, whilst teenagers said they would choose to avoid the university debts and jump straight into work.

A new video from the IMI focuses on today’s generation of 11-year olds, who have some career aspirations that are very much part of the 21st century, including becoming a YouTuber. However, there were some that are probably not dissimilar to their grandparents’ idea of a future career.

Top of the list for the boys was footballer, whilst the girls’ choices varied from a vet to human rights lawyer – and even a professional tennis player.

The research also found 67% of teenagers were put off going to university because they wanted to start earning money and didn’t feel a degree would help them find a job. But only 1 in 5 said they would choose an apprenticeship after leaving school.

With employers struggling to attract young people into new job roles across the motor industry, the IMI believes there is a huge disconnect between what employers need in order to operate effectively and career guidance being given to teenagers by both parents and teachers.

Steve Nash, Chief Executive Officer at the IMI, said:

“Children will always have an idea in their head of what they want to do when they ‘grow-up’. I think it is important to encourage them to voice their goals from an early age so that they can see for themselves the options available to them to work towards in the future, with the help and support of their teachers and parents.

“The number of young people receiving quality careers advice is worryingly low, so its important parents and teachers are given more information on the opportunities available to their children. The motor industry has been surrounded by misconceptions for many years, but exciting developments in ground-breaking new technologies means that automotive is emphatically a high-technology sector and can offer a very broad range of exciting and rewarding careers.”

The big question… what about the children who do not wish to go to university?

Find out more  about this research on the IMI website

Emma Mitchel. PR Manager at IMI


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