A PhD student at the University of Leicester has conducted research into how African Caribbean teenagers in London cope with the transition from school to adult life.
Yvonne Fosster, who is studying in our Centre for Labour Market Studies, interviewed 24 young people for her qualitative study entitled ‘Surviving Post-16 Transitions: Youth Biographies’. She says:
A large majority of the participants stated they had either received no career advice or advice they claimed was insufficient, impersonal or confusing. Many expressed regret at the decisions they had consequently made. It is clear that prior to leaving school young people are suffering from information poverty and, as a result, are making misguided decisions.”