Madeleine is responsible for the FDM Group graduate recruitment teams. As well as overseeing recruitment operations for FDM Group’s graduate programme worldwide, Madeleine also organises all corporate career presentations, workshops, seminars and graduate fairs.
According to a recent study, the average number of applicants for every job has increased from 15 to 20. When coupled with the current employment figures from the Office for National Statistics which show a mere 0.1 percent increase, it is no wonder that jobseekers have started applying for jobs in alternative career fields.
I was listening to BBC Radio 5 Live's debate on current unemployment the other day there were two young and currently unemployed jobseekers on the programme. They were advised to start widening their net and consider alternative career paths if they were not having much luck in getting interviews for their dream job.
However, there is then the risk that jobseekers who are desperate, will begin applying for any kind of work rather than in their chosen career, thus increasing the number of applicants for each job.
So, with this conflicting information what should you, as a graduate or jobseeker do?
If you decide to choose a new career path, why not use your transferable skills to your advantage in this current economic climate? You never know what is around the corner, and you may find that a change in career path is just what you need. Particularly, the skills shortage in engineering and IT is high and employment in the IT industry is predicted to grow at a rate nearly five times the UK average with an estimated demand for over 550,000 new entrants over the next five years to fill IT and Telecoms roles.
IT should no longer be associated with the ‘geeky’ stereotype as shown in programmes such as The IT Crowd. IT is now at the forefront of business paving the way for companies to succeed more than before. If you’re worried you don’t have the necessary qualifications, why not try to gain some relevant work experience? “This can stand you in good stead,” says McCleod and it may even lead into a job at the end of your placement. There are also many opportunities and routes into IT from Java Development to Sales to Marketing and with IT being one of the world’s fastest growing industries, it may be worth trying your hand at something new.