The OECD Career Readiness project is designed to provide new advice to governments, schools, employers and other stakeholders on how to best prepare young people to visualise and plan their futures in in labour markets that are being disrupted by COVID-19 pandemic, digitalisation of work tasks and economic responses to climate change. Drawing on new analysis of international datasets, the project identifies career-related factors that make a difference to young people’s success in adult employment.
PISA data shows that schools in most countries can do much more to help young people navigate their school-to-work transitions, better competing for available employment.
The project reviews existing studies of national longitudinal datasets and undertakes new analysis of PISA data to demonstrate how young people’s employment outcomes are linked to the ways in which they as teenagers:
- explore their potential futures in work
- experience workplaces through and/or outside of their schools
- think about their futures in employment
Effective education systems will equip young people with the tools and resources they need to critically connect their classroom experiences to future imagined selves, underpinning the agency through their transitions which many societies now demand. During 2021, the project team published new analysis of national longitudinal datasets and related guidance for practice and policy.