Tens of thousands of teenage girls living in London do not know anyone with a job and are getting their career inspiration from television programmes, a charity has warned.Really? There's a charity for everything now!
Nick Chambers, director of the charity, said: “These 50,000 girls don’t necessarily have role models in work.
“They don’t have links to different types of jobs. Often they find it very hard to get insights into the world of work and what jobs they would like.
“For many of these young people a lot of their knowledge is influenced by the television and social media. People see roles on TV — doctors or brainy scientists — and think that’s what science is all about.
“They don’t realise there is a whole team of people doing a wide variety of jobs, some of which they would be very well suited for.”So, little Chlamydia might not have a cat in hell's chance of getting the A levels needed to get into university to become a neurologist, what with being up the duff to Wayne or Kyle or possible Syed or that cousin of his with the wonky eye, but fear not! She could always get a job cleaning the lab!
He added that programmes including Call the Midwife and CSI: Miami had inspired interest in midwifery and forensic science, while the “Brian Cox” effect had seen an upturn in physics.
Mr Chambers said: “This is positive, but just seeing someone on TV doesn’t help you find out how to actually get that job. A lot of people see a role but don’t know how to get there and what A-levels to take, especially if they don’t have a careers service or family connections.”And why don't they have a careers service? Is that no longer a school's job?
Mr Chambers said some children in these homes were from the second or third generation who had never worked, adding: “It’s incredibly hard. ... These kids don’t have the networks. We want to level the playing field.”If they are from that sort of family, it's not 'networks' that they lack, is it?