Career Planning – The Importance of Insight

07th December 2018

image of a light bulbAt CXK we have been working in partnership with EMSI to produce bespoke posters for each area in Kent detailing the opportunities within each local authority, designed to further support our young people and adults to make career choices which are more informed. We have placed these posters as a free to access resource on our website; as part of our civic duty and wider charitable aims to support as many people as possible.

These posters have utilised granular data produced by EMSI (economic modelling specialists) to provide greater insight of the labour market in each area. The are many different ways to collect labour market information; for us the benefits of granular data for clients is profound, and an explanation of this data can be found here.

How granular data is being used by some of our careers advisers during interviews can be found here.

What is Labour Market Information?

Labour Market Information (LMI) can provide us with insights into different jobs and opportunities; telling us what is available now or predicted to be in the future. It’s available in a wide array of sources from Government funded organisations; through to adverts for job vacancies in local papers and online. Even anecdotal sources such as conversations with friends and family can give us information on who may be recruiting. Each source can provide us with different information on the labour market.

Turning it into intelligence, however, is key. This is where careers guidance comes into play, helping those making decisions make sense of the data. We hope that the posters help teachers, parents, carers nand careers advisers across the county support those making careers decisions. It is in this spirit that we gladly publish our LMI posters online. Visit our Top 10 Jobs in Kent resource to tale a look at the largest, highest paying and fastest growing occupations in key Kent towns.

An example of how one of our leading partner schools, St George’s C of E Foundation School is making use of this information online for their students can be found here.

Where to Get Careers Advice

CXK provides confidential and impartial careers information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. If you’re a young person looking for support, or a parent looking for careers advice for your young person, visit our Careers Advice for Young People page.

The National Careers Service provides free, up to date, impartial information, advice and guidance on careers, skills and the labour market in England to anyone aged 13 and upwards.

To speak to a National Careers Service adviser, call 0800 100 900 or use our webchat (8am to 10pm, 7 days a week)

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