‘We need to change the way we measure success’

Teachers and students need to be educated about the benefits of professional and technical qualifications in the job market, writes Kirstie Donnelly

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When I was young and considering what career I might want to do when I grew up, the careers advice available to me was pretty much non-existent.

As a result, as many people did then and do today, I fell – luckily – into my first job.

While this haphazard method of career development worked out well for me – not least because I had the backing and advice of my parents – that is unfortunately not the case for everyone. We know that without robust careers advice available to all, social mobility is severely hampered and people from more disadvantaged backgrounds are far less likely to achieve ...

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