Children Put Military Career In Top 10
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Children Put Military Career In Top 10

The survey, which involved 13,000 UK primary school children, asked them to draw a picture of the job they wanted to do when they grow up.

Children Put Military Career In Top 10

A career in the Armed Forces is in the top 10 choices for 21st-century British youngsters, a poll has found.

The survey by the Education and Employers charity involved 13,000 UK primary school children from the age of seven to 11.

It revealed that 3.3% of the participants dream of a job in the Army, Navy, Air Force or as a firefighter, positioning the category at number 10.

However, the top career choices in the UK are currently sports, teaching and veterinary.

The survey also revealed that many children are looking to modern technology for future jobs - such as a career in gaming or social media - ahead of professions traditionally picked by children - such as police officer or doctor.

The poll asked children to draw a picture of the job they wanted to do when they grow up.

They were then asked questions, such as whether they knew anyone who did this for a living and how they knew about the profession.

It concluded that children's career aspirations are often based on factors such as gender stereotypes or what they have seen in the media, TV and film.

Ann Mroz, Editor of the Times Educational Supplement, says that she is 'saddened that children's career aspirations are still influenced by gender stereotypes':

"In 2018, when we have our second female prime minister, girls are far more likely to select careers traditionally seen as “women’s work”, such as hairdressing, nursing and fashion design, while boys aspire to become mechanics, airline pilots and army officers.

"It only goes to show how deeply entrenched gender norms still are, even among very young children."

In the UK, a career in the Armed Forces or as a firefighter was the fourth choice for boys (5.7%) and 21st for girls (0.9%). 

The survey also finds that the career is between the top five choices for other countries, such as Pakistan, and the top choice for Philipino and Zambian boys. 

The results are to be presented to business leaders at Davos next week.

The study was conducted in partnership with the Times Educational Supplement, the National Association of Head Teachers, UCL Institute of Education and OECD Education and Skills.

Cover picture courtesy of Education and Employers/PA Wire.