The world of work has changed dramatically in the past few decades. It's hard to see these changes, especially if you have been part of the workforce or in your own chosen occupation for a long time. In order to be able to best assist your child with their career journey, you may need to research and identify new workplace trends, find out about emerging occupations and discover which industries are expected to have the greatest demand for workers. You'll need this information to help your child make informed decisions.
Your child may be facing some of the same decisions you did when you were young, but there may also be new challenges. Today's children are growing up in a world where technology is everywhere. Technology changes rapidly and, as a result, young people are under pressure to keep up with new developments. These rapid technological changes can affect the labour market dramatically and even inform your child's deicison in the career path they choose.
These days, young people are more likely to enter the labour market at a time when there are specific skills shortages in Ireland. These rapid technological advances have produced new opportunities in STEM, in particular. If this is the path your child decides to embark upon, an awareness of the trends will help you guide your them in their career choices.
The choices available to today's students have increased dramatically and the information they have to sort through can be overwhelming. To help your child prepare, it's important to understand what they may need to know.
In our section on Career - Which Direction?, we provide an overview of the current labour market, with up-to-date occupational material, and interviews with employees working in various roles throughout Ireland