High School Students Less Confident About Finding A Job

According to a recent Gallup poll, elementary and middle school students are relatively optimistic about finding good jobs after they graduate, but become less confident once they enter high school.

The percentage of students who strongly agree with the statement "I know I will find a good job after I graduate" is at 68% in grade 5. That number steadily decreases each year until they reach grade 10, when only 49%, slightly less than half of students, strongly agree with the same statement. It remains at about that same level until graduation at grade 12.

There's also a bit of a sharper decline in confidence for girls than boys. More girls than boys in grade 5 strongly agree that they will find a good job when they graduate (70% of girls vs 67% of boys), but by grade 12 more boys than girls feel that way (50% of boys vs 46% of girls).

The results of the Gallup Student Poll were based on Web interviews with more than 800,000 public school students in grades 5 to 12 in 48 states (the excluded states were Tennessee, Montana and the District of Columbia).

What's the reason for this drop in confidence? Do school and business leaders need to build a stronger connection between education and employment for students, especially in high school? Do older students better understand the realities of unemployment and economic difficulty? Maybe it's simply the optimism of youth compared to the growing cynicism of adolescence and beyond.

If Gallup wants to see those numbers really drop, they should poll those same students after they have graduated college.
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