Children in today's age start making decisions regarding their study and career early, according to a study.
Researchers at UK's Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) sought to understand how young children perceived the educational and occupational possibilities available to them and how they made choices.
Professors Croll and Attwood found that boys and girls from all backgrounds saw education as important in securing their future.
Professor Croll said: 'What is very striking is that for this generation there is absolutely no gender stereotyping in hopes for the future.
"Furthermore, what children say at the age of 11 about school participation after the age of 16 is highly predictive of their actual behaviur.'
The 'Understanding Society' research further discovered that girls were as likely as boys to see themselves as providing for their families and boys were as likely as girls to see marriage and kids as an important part of their lives.
But most important for both boys and girls was landing a good job and school was seen as instrumental in achieving this.