GIVEN the unsettled economic and political landscape, more and more people are concerned about their futures.
The prospect of a ‘job for life’ is rare in the 21st century, but what are the safest bets when choosing a career or changing sector?
A new study by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed while the unemployment rate is currently around 3.9%, there are many industries with a revolving door for talent.
The report found 18% of workers are concerned about the possibility of unemployment, and there is unrest in many sectors due to a myriad of national issues, including Brexit.
So, which careers are listed as the safest out there right now, in the UK and globally?
Among the top 10 are aerospace engineer, psychologist, IT and database technician, probation officer, dental hygienist, aircraft pilot, financial analyst, solicitor, surgeon and insurance underwriter.
The ‘unsafe’ careers are more seasonal or temporary roles, so perhaps it should come as no surprise to see roofer, dishwasher, telemarketer, counter attendant and agricultural worker among those indexed.
Sarah Ellwood, Managing Director of North Wales-based Supertemps and its executive, IT and engineering arm S2 Recruitment, says candidates are beginning to think long-term from a younger age.
“The whole recruitment landscape has changed, and that can also be said of the way young people approach their futures,” said Sarah.
“While school pupils would previously choose a university or college with the subject in mind, they are now looking beyond that to the career they want and navigating the best academic course or apprenticeship to get there.
“It’s a far smarter way of securing the career you want, and with the market now candidate rather than client-driven it means they are a far more attractive proposition on entering the jobs market.”
Meanwhile, new research by North West-based BAE Systems found that almost half of people aged 16-24 (47%) believe one day they will work in a role that doesn’t even exist yet.
The survey also revealed 70% want more guidance on skills that will be in demand in the next 20 years to help make informed decision on their future careers.
Sarah said: “At present there is huge demand for IT staff, chefs, engineers and construction workers, and that trend looks set to continue.
“But with the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR), robotics and web and graphic design, there are areas which will grow in the next decade.
“It’s a smart move for the next generation to try and ‘future-proof’ their decisions, and for businesses and industries to be at the forefront of technological advances and ready to welcome them when the time is right.”