One in four high school students is undecided about attending university or college, according to the findings of a new survey by Ipsos Reid for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and CIBC.
The report was released just as thousands of students prepare to head back to the classroom Tuesday.
Bruce MacDonald, President of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Canada said the survey identified three major sources of stress for high school students: “finding a job in their chosen field, the pressure to do well so they can get into post secondary education and not having enough money for college or university.”
“These young people are plugged in and almost half are saying they definitely think they need a student loan and some aren’t sure, but the issue of finances is clearly ever present in their mind,” said MacDonald.
“About half were saying they feel so much stress and pressure they just wish everyone would back off.”
MacDonald has this advice for parents as their kids head back to school: “Don’t pressure, but be there as a support and a listener.”
The survey found of those uncertain about post secondary education, 64 percent wish they had an adult in their lives to advise them on their career options.