The new reality is that the overwhelming majority of vacancies now require post-secondary education for ENTRY level jobs!! A fascinating overseas article I read (read here) talks about the statistics for Occupation projections through to 2018.
The statistics project that the growth in jobs will be highest for the highest level of education (eg: post-graduate degrees) and will follow suit to the smallest growth being in industries that require vocational or technical education (eg: trade certificates). The forecast proposes that over 60% of jobs in 2018 will require some college education and up to half will require at least a Bachelor’s Degree.
So what does this mean for job seekers moving forward??
For the younger generations
Stick it out at school! Take for granted that if you are currently in school (ie: under grade 12) you would be seriously jeopardizing your job prospects if you don’t gain some University qualifications. I could write a whole new post on the merits of study and where you should direct your interests, but suffice to say a generalist Bachelor’s degree would be worth having under your belt, as experience in the retiring generation of Baby Boomers will be replaced by the need to have at least shown the tenacity to obtain a degree! In other words, much like is the standard in London, a degree in anything, even if it doesn’t relate directly to your ultimate career path, is going to be viewed better than experience and no degree.
For the older generations
Time to start looking at upskilling on the job. Many Certificates can now be ‘RPL’d” (Recognition of Prior Learning). In Australia there are subsidies available to employers to help their staff (for little or no cost) to formalise their experience.
The benefits of study
Ever heard the saying the more you learn, the less you know?! Although it might seem ironic, the truth is the more you learn the more it opens your eyes to things previously unknown and you begin to understand new things and the more you understand things the more you see that you can learn and understand more!
Employers understand the benefits of people who have engaged in study and who have broadened their understanding of new and varied topics! Use this to your advantage and find a way to make study a priority!! You will be rewarded with more doors opening for you!