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Careers advice biased towards university education, say students

University is a good choice for many, but just one pathway to a successful career, says the AAT

Nearly two-thirds of students expecting their A-level results say careers advice is skewed towards university education, according to a survey.

Research carried out among 2,000 16-24-year-olds by the Association Of Accounting Technicians (AAT) found 38 per cent believed vocational education was only suitable for manual and blue collar professions.

Close to half - 46 per cent - of students receiving their exam results this summer said they received little or no information about higher-level vocational routes - which can include apprenticeships - into employment.

At the same time, 60 per cent of A-level pupils said they believed university was the only established route to a successful career.

Mark Farrar, AAT's chief executive, said: "Young people across the country will be making hugely important decisions about their future career path in the coming days.

"Thousands will take on average debts of £44,000 to fund a university education without knowledge of all the options available to them. This is unacceptable.

"University is a good choice for many, but it is one of several pathways to a successful and rewarding career. We must better equip young people with all the facts so they can make the decision that is right for them."

A-level results are due to be released on Thursday.

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