In the current and future job landscape, evolving digitalisation means that it is more important than ever for young people to develop and communicate a strong set of transferable skills. To really help them stand out to employers, they will need to understand the breadth of routes available, with less traditional options such as apprenticeships becoming more valuable ways to reskill and build successful careers. On top of this, the way we work has become more flexible and the gig economy more prominent, as companies increasingly hire freelancers for their ability to adapt easily to changing situations.
This page explores some of these important global trends which, once understood, can help young people to succeed in tomorrow’s job market.
Gen Z will make up almost a third of the workforce by 2025*. It’s therefore important to compare trends in the careers they are choosing with the jobs that are on the rise. As the above and below diagrams show, there are promising parallels between the careers young people are aspiring to, and the roles becoming increasingly available:
Gen Z’s career choices are also being heavily influenced by a drive to fight climate change.* This aligns with global labour market trends, as the continuing fight against climate change means that green jobs will make up one of the highest priority growth sectors.**
Training and reskilling are another huge factor in helping people succeed in the future job market. In particular, apprenticeships are increasing in importance because they will enable workers to focus on adapting and building their skills in a number of high growth sectors.
Top longer-term trends expected in apprenticeships and training placements: