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Young people ‘can’t envisage future careers’

Young people ‘can’t envisage future careers’

The majority of today’s young people have no clear career path in mind, according to a new survey.

The majority of 17–21 year olds accepted their current job following an hour or less consideration – leaving six in ten unable to clearly envisage their working futures.

The new and comprehensive Careers Insight report conducted by Populus for the Army, goes on to highlight the importance of self awareness in terms of making the right career choice.

Over half (68%) of 17-21 year olds have no clear career path in mind, an uncertainty that is directly related to the fact that 86% are unaware of their own personal strengths and weaknesses. This in turn can lead to a growing trend of changing career path further down the line, with 77% of over 30’s changing career path at least once.

Dr Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Senior Psychology Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London and world-wide expert in personality, intelligence, human performance and psychometrics said, “People perform better and are happier if they work on something they are good at, hence knowing your strengths and limitations is a key determinant of both job satisfaction and performance.

"Equally employers tend to believe that happy employees do better at work but in reality, it is high performing employees that end up being happy. Historically, the Army has always played a crucial role in the development of state-of-the-art techniques that help us understand people’s real potential – what jobs they should be doing and what types of jobs they will enjoy more.”

To coincide with these new findings, the British Army has launched a groundbreaking new initiative in terms of digital innovation and personal interaction and insight. Entitled ‘Start Thinking Soldier’, it centres around a series of online challenges that enable participants to test and develop the kind of skills that are used by soldiers but within a discreet, online environment. The resulting personal insights will prove invaluable for anyone taking part and meet a very real need, driven by a national lack of awareness of people’s own strengths and weaknesses.

Comments Lieutenant Colonel Eilean Cunningham of the Army’s Recruiting Group National Headquarters, said, “Each year the Army needs to recruit approximately 15,000 quality soldiers and in order to do so we must forever look to exciting and innovative new ways to engage with our target recruiting base.

"Start Thinking Soldier is a more discreet and personal way for people to test their Army skills and receive invaluable personal insights, whether or not they are considering a career in the Army. Start Thinking Soldier reflects our Army training which focuses on the individual, bringing people’s strengths to the fore and providing world class training to help to develop their potential.“

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