Oxford Scholastica Academy has been conducting research into careers, and how these are shaped in childhood. We hope to increase understanding of how students can best be supported to discover what they want to do when they grow up! You can read an introduction to our research here.

The final interesting discovery in the first stage of our research was about gender. We surveyed the most popular target jobs for both women and men, and discovered how they were different, as well as how likely people were to achieve these goals.

Looking at the data we gathered, women tended to be more likely to follow their career path, on a whole, compared to men.

It did make us wonder whether girls were naturally more “realistic” than boys when it comes to thinking about their career goals, or whether they were socially conditioned at the time only to consider certain career prospects.

The most popular career goals for girls were about helping people, be that as a teacher, nurse, or doctor.

For boys, the most popular goals were to be a pilot, football player, or engineer!

Only 9% of boys who wanted to be pilots when they grew up went on to do so, and none of the boys went on to become professional football players, but a whopping 77% of those that wanted to be an engineer followed through with their dream.