London: The BBC recently commissioned the social policy department at the London School of Economic and Political Science to carry out a study comparing the career paths and potential earning power of young people from different ethnic backgrounds.
Stand out points from this study show that:
A Bangladeshi 25 year old man with a degree from England earns more on average than all other ethnic minority groups including whites.
A Bangladeshi 25 year old woman with a degree from England earns on average more than thier Pakistani counterparts.
In a survey which quizzed children when they were aged 7, 11 and 14 showed that at 7 years of age all ethnic minorities girls had ‘becoming a doctor’ as the most popular career path, but white children of the same age category chose differently. When these same children were quizzed at 14years of age, none of the ethnic minorities girls had wanting to be a doctor as the number one career path, but the white children now had the medical profession as the most popular career.
We at Shottobani tracked down and asked Ryan Huq, a 25yo Bangladeshi male who happened to study at the LSE, why this could be the case. ‘This looks to be pushy ethnic minority parents putting thier children off the medical profession at an early age, whereas their white counterparts had the freedom to weigh up the pros and cons and come to a decision on their own. It is vital that we in the ethnic minority communities direct, guide and encourage our children to follow their interest and not those interest which will make our dinner table conversation with friends more pleasant. Maybe this way, we will be able to increase the amount of children showing interest in the medical profession.’