22 September 2016 | Career Advice | Guest Author
Students and graduates are often bombarded with bleak statistics about the UK job market. However, there are vacancies out there — a lot of them, in fact. You just need to know where to look, as some industries are less populated than others.
Here is our pick of five thriving sectors that are currently calling out for graduates. Considering a career in any of them is likely to make your job search a lot easier and more fruitful. So, why not give it a go?
Accounting and finance
According to The Association of Professional Staffing Companies, between March and June 2016 there was a 10.2% rise in the number of vacancies within the accounting and finance sector. This indicates that there aren’t currently enough trained accountants to meet the demand for them. But, with an average basic salary reportedly being between £48,000 and £53,000 for workers under 30, it’s difficult to see why.
If you would like to take advantage of this skills shortage, there are a number of routes you can take into the industry. For example, some people choose relevant university courses, while others study for an accountancy qualification with a recognised body after leaving college or sixth form. Going down either of these paths is very likely to open up a lot of job opportunities for you within the sector.
As the world is becoming increasingly digital, the demand for those who wish to pursue a career in IT is growing at an amazing rate. Every company, from tech start-ups to established corporations, want to employ people who can maintain their websites and potentially create the next Snapchat or Uber. It’s an incredibly exciting time for everyone working within the IT sector, and you could be one of them.
While jobs in IT can be very challenging, it’s an industry that offers a lot of variety — no two days are the same, so you certainly won’t get bored. Plus, as there are so many areas you can specialise in, you can mould a career that suits you perfectly.
Logistics and material handling
As logistics and material handling is a vital industry that will never disappear, pursuing a career in this area means you’re unlikely to ever be out of a job. Plus, the sector is currently suffering from a skills shortage, which means that logistics companies are always looking to fill their vacancies with new faces — and especially with people who have degrees.
is a forklift truck distributor that also trains apprentices to become drivers and engineers. John Davies, the company’s Group Operations Manager, said: “On the face of it, materials handling and logistics isn’t an ultra-glamorous career. However, there’s virtually no product people buy that isn’t moved by a piece of material handling equipment at some point. It’s an indispensable industry, so a career in this area can be for life.”
As the sector is so important, there are logistics companies based up and down the UK, as well as abroad. This gives you a lot of flexibility when it comes to choosing a job. Plus, with salaries of up to £22,000 being offered to trained forklift engineers, it pays well, too!
The engineering sector has made no secret of its current skills shortage. Companies are desperately trying to attract new recruits, which means that graduates with a relevant degree are spoilt for choice when it comes to applying for jobs in this area.
Again, there are two main routes into the industry: by studying for an engineering degree or training through an apprenticeship programme. Don’t fret if you have a completely different degree or aren’t eligible for an apprenticeship, though, as there’s a huge range of roles available within the sector and some companies are willing to take on employees to train up. So, regardless of your background, if you’re interested in maths, physics or finding out how things work, try contacting businesses in your area to see whether they would be willing to provide you with the necessary tuition.
We all depend on those within the construction industry, so forging a career in the sector can be incredibly rewarding. The fact that you can see the results of your work immediately is also a huge bonus — there’s no waiting around to see if you’ve hit targets you’ve been set. You can see exactly where your work is going, and the fruits of your labour could last for decades.
There’s also a huge teamwork aspect to construction. You work with others to overcome issues and complete projects, which can create a brilliant bond within your workforce — you’ll make connections you couldn’t possibly find anywhere else. The construction industry also offers a huge range of roles, from those who handle the financial side of things, to the people who are actually on the ground building. Therefore, there’s sure to be a job within the sector that suits your skillset.
When you leave university, looking for a job can be daunting. However, all of the industries mentioned above are desperate to recruit hardworking and ambitious employees. So, if you’d like to pursue a career in any of them, you’re likely to be on to a winner.