Research shows nearly 25 percent of high school students pick their career based on something they saw on TV or in a movie.

You don’t have to ask your kids what they want to be when they get older. You can determine their career choice by looking at what they watch on TV.

A new study from CareerBuilder shows that one-in-four high school students pick their careers based on something they saw on TV or in a movie, and that 33 percent of us regret the college major we chose.

The major you study usually reflects the field of work you want to go into. Your chances of employment, potential jobs, and the salary you earn can all be traced back to your college education. Those making up that 33 percent may not have been watching the right shows and movies before applying to school.

Researchers from Rutgers University also worked on a study about TV’s impact on teenagers’ career paths, showing similar results in how young adults pick their careers.

“These days if you talk to a teenager or even college student, many will tell you they got interested in a career from a TV show they watched,” said Bernadette Gailliard, assistant professor of communication. “I wanted to see how television influences the ways youth are socialized into potential careers.”

This trend isn’t limited to the United States, either. Research on the subject has been done in London as well. Almost 20 percent of Brits have said that TV influenced their careers. Also, almost 40 percent of 18-to 24-year-olds are choosing their careers based on their favorite shows.

Picking a career is difficult for young people. Listening to a school counselor on career options is probably the last thing a young person wants to do. But, the job of a character in their favorite show apparently inspires them.

Rather than relying on TV to guide our youth into their careers, CareerBuilder has set up a month-long initiative called “Find Your Calling Month,” to encourage students to look into career and education paths.

“There is a world of opportunity open to younger workers in business, technical and creative fields,” said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder. “The more informed you are about your options and what it takes to get to where you want to be, the better the outcome.”

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