LSAY Publications

Lost talent? The occupational ambitions and attainments of young Australians



Title:Lost talent? The occupational ambitions and attainments of young Australians
Authors:Joanna Sikora, Lawrence J Saha
Publication date: 12 January 2011
ISBN:978 1 921809 55 2

This study, which defines the lowering of educational or occupational ambitions by high school students as 'lost talent', looks at the extent to which talent loss occurs among high achieving students and the consequences of this on later occupational attainments. The results indicate that there is a moderate, although not negligible, rate of talent loss. The report also highlights the importance of young people, particularly young women, having occupational plans.

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