Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Primary Careers Advice

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Primary Careers Advice

Article excerpt

The government wants careers advice to start in primary schools. What is going on? Are we really to start talking to seven-and eight-year-olds about what job they should do and how to write their CV? "Don't take their childhood away", "They should be doing maths, English and science" and "Education is about broadening the mind, not training for a job" are the usual reactions.

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But young people are explorers. They love finding out about all the wonderful and different things people do in life. It is motivating; it is inspiring; it plants seeds. And seeds grow into ambitions-to be a teacher, a carer, a maker of things, a poet, a businessman or a sportsman.

People make career choices largely through their own experiences and what they hear from their family, friends and local community. Teachers are important, too.

The answer, therefore, is to ensure all young people nave the range of experiences, and friends and family to provide them with the inspiration and feeling for who they want to be in life. …

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