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“Sixth-form girls are less career confident than boys”

Research undertaken by Oxford University’s Careers Service shows that girls are significantly less confident about their career prospects than boys, and have very different attitudes to what they seek in a career – attitudes that significantly affect the types of jobs they secure.

The survey of nearly 4,000 sixth-formers in a range of schools also reveals sixth-form students are already internalising gender stereotypes when it comes to their career choices. Sixth-form boys are much more confident about their job prospects, while girls show greater anxiety about their ability to land a good job. Both genders already perceive the job world as one where men are paid better and face better prospects.

The research findings are being presented by Jonathan Black, Director of the Oxford University Careers Service, at the Girls Schools Association annual conference on 24 November. The research follows on from a survey of university graduates last year that showed a ‘gender gap’ in the jobs male and female students attained after leaving university. The findings will be published in the Oxford Review of Education. […]

Click here to find out more about this research and further information about how sixth-form girls’ career ambitions are significantly more influenced by lifestyle factors and finding a job deemed ‘worthwhile’ than boys, whose main focus is salary.

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Newcastle University

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