What Work Cambridgeshire and Rutland 2016 - Page 4

What Work Cambridgeshire & Rutland 2016 The world of work – the future is now! Do you wonder what work will be like as you get older? Maybe you’re not sure what the world of work is like at the moment. Looking at future trends and the different ways in which we work can help you to plan your future career. What is the ‘labour market’? When people talk about the ‘labour market’ they usually mean the jobs that people do and the ‘world of work’.  Labour market information can tell you the number of people in certain types of jobs, whether they work full-time or part-time, how many people are unemployed and what is likely to happen locally, nationally and even internationally over the next few years. The next few pages look at how changes in the labour market could affect your future career decisions. Work facts for the 21st century Lots of new jobs are going to be created over the next 15 years. Some of these will be jobs we’re familiar with but many will be new to us. How much do you know about the jobs listed below? They are all out there right now! Over 40% of all jobs in 2020 will require graduate level qualifications (level 6 and above).1 user experience architect app designer sustainability consultant reputation manager social media strategist e-commerce merchandiser The types of job available to us now and in the future will mainly be for people with at least level 2 and level 3 qualifications* but over 40% of UK jobs in 2020 will be for graduates. Why? Because the world is changing fast and the UK needs to compete with the rest of world in areas such as engineering, research, creativity, science, technology and innovation. What does this mean to me? It means that the more qualifications you have, the more jobs you can apply for. Most employers want someone who has at least five good GCSEs including English and maths, and often science too. If you have these and some experience of work (a Saturday job or volunteering for example) then you’re more likely to succeed. 2 * See page 18 1 DCSF The World is Changing