Remember when you were young and dreamed of being an engine driver, ballerina, fashion designer?
Now young people use online programmes such as Kudos to help them with their career choices. Their most recent data, collected from425,000 young people from August 2011-July 2012 reveals the top 10 most viewed careers during this period are
1. Design Assistant
2. Teaching Assistant
4. Army Serviceman/Woman
5. Press Photographer/ Photojournalist
6. Commercial Illustrator
9. Train Driver
10. Royal Marines Commando
Over the past four years, Design Assistant has consistently remained the most viewed career. Teaching Assistant has moved from number 9 in 2010/11 up to the second most popular career. Accountant has re-entered the list at number 8 after falling out of the top 10 for the first time last year.
Creative visual careers are also growing in popularity, Commercial Illustrator, Animator and Press Photographer/Photojournalist are on the top 10 list. Other photographic careers, including Commercial/Industrial Photographer and Fashion/Advertising Photographer, also appear in the top 20.
Careers which involve working with animals – Veterinary Nurse, Kennel Worker and Horse Groom all appeared in the previous year’s top 10 but haven’t featured at all in the latest list.
Moving to careers at the bottom of the list, several involve STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths.
This is interesting and it also makes me wonder if there is any clear criteria to underly their choice. For some young people they will benefit from time to talk things through with a qualified career practitioner. Career coaches like me will work with younger clients, and my youngest client is just twelve years old.
If I can be of help please don’t hesitate to get in touch.