A Pathway to the Future

School students, particularly those leaving school, face a daunting task – what next? They need to be able to make informed choices to plan for their future.

They want to hear inspiring stories about pathways into work, further studies or training. They need up to date and accurate information about the different career paths and the various options to get the jobs they dream of. Often there are more questions than answers. And in a world of rapid change and virtual social media messaging, it’s hard to make sense of it all.

Young people are faced with:

  • Keeping up with the revolution in digital technology,
  • Identifying what jobs and training are available
  • Making sense of the elusive work opportunities presented by globalisation
  • Being prepared for jobs that have yet to be created

They might ask themselves:

  • Do I take a gap year?
  • Should I enroll in a University course?
  • ​What’s the alternative?

Understanding the various education and training pathways to getting the dream job and making sense of the range and diversity of information, is a big part of the solution.

Labour market information identifies skills shortages – the jobs employers find hard to fill, especially trade jobs or specialized technical jobs. A Certificate III is one of the -most-common qualifications required in today’s labour force. Up to date labour market information keeps people informed and able to make positive and practical choices about preparing for work, further education and training. It could also save you a lot of time and money in the long term.

Current labour market information shows what jobs are growing and where those jobs are and whether the best way to get those jobs is a vocational qualification or university degree course.

Labour market information can also identify local employment opportunities and related jobs. What may also become clear from the information is the attributes employers are looking for when they hire people. Knowing what an employer wants and values is very important information when choosing a career and educational pathway.

Often, the skills employer’s value most can be quite surprising. Employers who have a successful business and understand their business well, know intuitively that their profits are directly linked to their customers' levels of satisfaction. They want an employee who will look after their customers first and who are the right 'fit' for their business. Highly desired ‘people focused’ skills are:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Interpersonal

Other skills include the ability to adapt and respond to changing work conditions while being able to fit in with set job requirements and be conscientious about the work as well as the creativity to think outside the box to solve complex workplace problems as they arise.

For help unpacking labour market information for the Northern Territory or to consider what training courses lead to which jobs in demand, please contact ISACNT.