OECD Education Policy Perspectives

The OECD Directorate for Education and Skills helps countries compare their education policies and experiences, and learn from each other through large scale assessment and surveys and comparative policy analysis. This policy papers series presents analysis for policy makers, practitioners and researchers on a wide range of policy issues covered at OECD: from pre-primary to higher education, from policy design to implementation, from student performance and well-being, to teacher training and practices, to school resources.


Career conversations

Why it is important for students to talk about their futures in work with teachers, family and friends

The OECD Career Readiness project explores quantitative evidence to identify how teenage career-related activities and attitudes are linked to better adult employment outcomes. Evidence from multiple national longitudinal studies shows that secondary school students benefit by actively exploring their futures in work. One indicator of better employment outcomes is students reporting having career conversations with family members, peers and importantly, with subject teachers. This policy brief draws on evidence from the longitudinal studies and beyond to address the following questions:

  • What is the evidence of career conversations being associated with better employment outcomes?
  • What are career conversations and how common are they?
  • How can schools optimise the chances of career conversations being useful to young people?


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