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Teens And Young Adults Continue Putting Off Career Decisions

Survey results from 2,000 high school and college-aged teens, and young adults, across the country, shows that a significant portion of students continues to delay decisions on their career choice well into their sophomore year of college. The survey, conducted by Wakefield Research for Junior Achievement USA and The Hartford, found that:

  • 44% of high school juniors believe a person should have a concrete career path in mind before they finish high school
  • Yet, only 16% of college sophomores agree
  • Also, 46% of college sophomores and 16% of high school juniors agreed that a person should have a concrete career goal after starting college, but before graduating
  • 64% of all respondents said when it comes to career satisfaction for their career path “enjoying it” is their top priority
  • 29% said “being good at it” is their top priority
  • When it comes to what influences their career decisions, 80% said they would prefer “advice from professionals who work in a chosen field”
  • 75% would prefer “advice from parents or other family members”
  • 67% would prefer “advice from academic counselors or advisors”
  • 41% would prefer “information from TV, social media or online”
  • 38% would prefer “advice from friends”