Web 2.0 and social networking are changing the way young people look for and embark on careers, according for research from recruitment company Harvey Nash.
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The survey showed many lack direction and support in their career development and are turning to the internet for guidance.
1,054 young workers were quizzed and nearly half of them who received careers advice whilst in university said they found it confusing and unhelpful.
The YouGov research also found that two thirds of young people hadn't decided on a career by the time they left full-time education, and were unsure where to turn for careers advice.
Because of this, they are increasingly more likely to use social networking sites instead of careers advisers. A quarter of young people would use networking and a further third consulting online forums or blogs, the survey said.
Albert Ellis, CEO, Harvey Nash said, "Without direction and advice, not only are young people missing out on potential career opportunities themselves, but businesses too could be missing out on the next generation of skills they need to compete.
"The rudderless approach young people are taking to the early stage of their careers has a serious knock-on effect for business in general. We need to engage young people in their career choices early and in a focused way to ensure we get the right talent in the right places."