What changed? Why early career professionals get a rough deal
Category: early careers
Researchers and number-crunchers say skills shortages across many industries appear to have helped job prospects for early career professionals. More graduates with qualifications in high demand subjects, such as IT, engineering, accountancy and marketing, went into their vocationally linked roles in 2018. Overall youth employment is the highest it’s ever been. The picture’s rosy.
On the ground, job seekers tell a different story. Analysts agree that new vacancies are being created but also note the ever-present shadow of Brexit and global economic downturn. The jobs are available, they say, but hiring managers are becoming more and more stringent over their hiring decisions. Desirable jobs seem to be getting more applications and the rise of the gig economy is creating uncertainty in work.
Millennials in the workplace
Meanwhile, early career professionals get stigma over their status as Gen Z or Millennials. Some corners of the media seem set on describing them as snowflakes, and not well-prepared for the world of work. The point is that they do not recognise the world of work in the same way as their Baby Boomer bosses. Times have changed. Work can also be wellbeing. It can be wellness.
The fundamental way we work is changing. Jobs are becoming more flexible but company policies aren’t always as responsive as they could be. Denmark’s flexicurity system, which helps workers smoothly move from job to job, is a great example of policy following practice. We clap and applaud Forbes for recognising, “Millennials have helped to advance the concept of an “ideal” work environment to an expectation of an excellent workplace culture.”
New ways of work
We also need to consider the impact of technology. It’s revolutionising everything we do. If we’re going to gear companies and employees for the future we’re promised then we’ll need to engage with new tools. Services like VERCIDA’s ground-breaking job search and career matching sites open new doors and generate new ideas about work.
Channels like these could be used to help people understand the career paths available to them early on. This could potentially be at the stage of early career guidance in secondary education. Data matching is power. Working with young people in this way could help build an idea of what their careers might look like, helping them plan accordingly.
Early career professionals should be considered by more than just headlines. None of the big stories truly tell the truth. Learn more about how we’re evolving the world of work or search for great jobs here.
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