1.1 Researching changing needs
What is happening in the fields of work that interest you? Becoming more informed is a useful first step. You can identify growth areas and consider implications for your longer-term career – and also avoid leaping into ill-suited areas. Dabbling, with support, in areas that intimidate you can reduce the fear factor. Research can indicate the possibilities for new and changing job roles and provide valuable information for career change.
Activity 2 Researching changing needs
Using theon the Institute of Employment Research’s website, explore a sector that you are interested in and identify the following:
- the number of people employed in this sector
- the types of business that dominate (e.g. small firms, large employers, public sector/private sector, not for profit organisations)
- future employment opportunities and skills needed in this sector
- related sectors that may offer opportunities in your region. For example, Milton Keynes, in the centre of England next to the M1 motorway, is a hotspot for logistics.
Note down your findings in your notebook or the toolkit.
As your answer to this question will be personal/only applicable to your own circumstances, there is no discussion for this activity.