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1, Nov 9, 2009

Careers Guidance Started at Age 10

Filed under: Career — admin @ 12:17 am

Last weekend, I read with great interests a piece of news about British education, which might be a model for many countries that try to increase the employment opportunities for people from lower income background.

“Children as young as 10 are to be offered careers guidance under a government scheme in England. The programme, which aims to broaden the horizons and raise the aspirations of children from deprived backgrounds, is to be piloted in seven local areas… careers advice will continue up to the age of 18.”

“Universities and firms will give pupils a glimpse of what it is like working and learning in adulthood, as part of a broader new careers strategy.”

As a matter of fact, most children need guidance of this kind sometimes before they turn 18. In America, from what I learn from my children’s experience, children are exposed to a day or two to events like career day, which allows children to meet doctors, lawyers, nurse, etc, ask questions and learn what it is like to be in that role.

It will be of tremendous help if children are given constant career guidance, which will surely help better focus and channel their time and energe on what they are interested in and what their aptitudes are.

Then again, it is up to the policy-makers or politicians to determine where money will go and where they want to improve. When money and resource are drained by the wars, education and other social welfare programs are forever relegated to the bottom of a to-do list. In that case, it is up to the parents to provide this guidance if the parents themselves are thus qualified.

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