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Survey: secondary school students less serious about formal education than their parents

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAlthough travel, work and information education as a means to build up one’s personality and acquire experience is becoming more popular among youngsters in Latvia, 80% of parents with children aged 15 to 19 would rather their children continue education after graduating from secondary school.

Only 54% of secondary school students are confident about continuing education after graduating. 33% are uncertain about their academic future, according to results of a survey performed by Swedbank.

According to results, 61% of parents expect their children to continue studying in one of Latvia’s higher education institutions after graduating from secondary school. 19% of parents would rather their children to study in some foreign university. Only 8% of parents do not want their children to rush decisions, whereas 6% of parents want their children to start working early in life.

«Often teenagers are not mature enough to decide to study what interests them or get a job. What is worth studying? Which skills are in demand, and what are the perspectives for the future? These are but some of the questions floating in youngsters’ heads. It is clear that it is not easy for them to make decisions. Because of that, parents should be ready to discuss this matter with their children to provide advice and support,» says Swedbank Institute of Finances Evija Kropa.

44% of parents are more likely to disprove their children’s decision to take a pause after graduating from secondary school. 33% of parents are likely to support this decision. Parents older than 55 living in one of Latvia’s largest regional cities with income above EUR 1,000 oppose their children’s decision more than parents of other regions.

Representatives of the study add that such beliefs come from parents’ expectations for the main pre-conditions for getting a well-paid job. Most often parents of secondary school students are convinced it is not possible to get a well-paid hob without a good education. 26% agree getting a well-paid job depends on characteristics of each individual’s personality. 20% believe one important pre-condition is the person’s professional skills.

It should be added that what youngsters think differs from their parents’ opinions. Students view personality traits as important as professional skills when looking for a job. As for good education – only one-fifth of youngsters believe it is important, the bank notes.

«The person making the actual decision should take the bulk of responsibility for their future career. Because technologies are advancing towards robotization of certain processes, it is worth keeping in mind that some jobs may disappear in the near future. This means residents will have to change jobs and learn new skills several times in their life. It is important for students to pay attention to skills robots are unable to perform adequately,» says Kropa.

She adds: «To preserve the ability to adapt to an ever-changing labour market, it will be necessary focus on personality competences that are useful today and will remain useful several years from now. Personality development also means a person does not immediately commence education in a university after graduating from secondary school. Still, using this pause effectively is an important factor. In a way, it is already a test of responsibility and maturity.»

According to the expert, a special registry for students and graduates was created in 2017 to make the decision easier for students. This registry will help provide monitoring of graduates’ progress in their jobs. With its help students will be able to look up information about universities’ education programmes and graduates’ employment perspectives and wages. Information will become accessible at the end of 2019.

«This tool will definitely help youngsters make a decision regarding employment opportunities. However, it will not provide all answers. The fact that representatives of certain professions are in demand now does not mean this will remain the case in three or five years from now,» said the Swedbank Institute of Finances representative.

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