Journal of Career Development

, Volume 31, Issue 4, pp 239–249 | Cite as

Occupational Information: What Children Want to Know

  • Mary McMahonEmail author
  • Mark Watson


The present exploratory-descriptive cross-national study focuses on what information children believe they need to find out about jobs. In total, 511 South African and 372 Australian children participated in the study. The present paper reports on the findings related to one item of the Revised Career Awareness Survey used in the study. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. The study revealed that the nature of information the children needed to find out was related to life/career implications and life/career management tasks and to a lesser extent to interests and personal characteristics and the nature of work. The implications of the findings for career guidance and counseling practice are discussed.

Key words

children career development occupational/career information 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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