Mothers the ‘single biggest influence on student’ career choices

Work needs to be done in telling parents how workplace is changing, conference hears

The gathering heard that student career decisions are made on the basis, more or less, on what their mother tells them, not their father. File photograph: Getty Images

The gathering heard that student career decisions are made on the basis, more or less, on what their mother tells them, not their father. File photograph: Getty Images

Mothers are the single biggest influence on students choosing their career options even though they may be out of touch with developments in work and education, a conference has heard.

The rise of automation and robotics – dubbed the “fourth industrial revolution” – is disrupting the world of work and will result in workers changing jobs and reskilling on a much more regular basis, according to experts.

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