As discussed in last month’s issue, an awareness of the local labour market is always going to benefit you, and it will always help in terms of predicting sector growth and decline. However, it is important to note that the world is changing rapidly and it is extremely hard to predict all of the jobs that will exist in the future.
Technology and globalisation are altering not just what we do but the way in which we work every single day.
15 years ago smartphones were just an idea and social media wasn’t a term that anyone really used. Fast forward to today where hundreds of thousands of people worldwide work in roles related to the creation of smartphones, and social media teams are present in almost every large company. Fast forward to a world where technology enables employees to work flexible working hours, from home and in many cases across continents.
It’s extremely hard to predict what technology will bring us next, so employers therefore want to be prepared.
They want young people to be entering into the world of work as qualified as they can be, and for over 70% of them, that means recruiting future employees who hold a qualification above a Level 4. The reason they are so keen on recruiting people with higher qualifications is because through the further study of any subject, transferable skills will also be developed at an enhanced level. Having a strong transferable skill set will make you invaluable to any employer in a changing economy.
Whilst higher level qualifications are set to be key to gaining a good job in the future, this doesn’t mean you have to go to university. Higher level qualifications can be gained in a number of ways, including apprenticeships and through work based programmes. A large number of employers are now working alongside universities, colleges and other awarding bodies to develop apprenticeship programmes that are bespoke to their sector. In addition many companies are looking at ways to support new and existing employees to upskill and prepare for future changes in the work place.
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