Brumpod Ep 14 – HS2

The confirmation or cancellation of HS2  will have an indirect effect on local employment  in the Midlands,but also directly  affect those who will work for it or in supporting industries.  Is it  worth the money? You decide.  Available on your  favourite  platform, but on Apple here.

Have you seen our new employability packages?

We have just introduced an employability assessment (Carrus). This measures the attributes which make people more attractive to employers, and produces a  report suggesting areas which can be developed. It is particularly useful for school and college leavers and new graduates, but can be used for all ages.

As the pace of change in the workplace accelerates, Carrus can help to future proof careers too.

More details can be found here New Graduates

Stop Lying About the Role

Successful job seekers often find that the job description they have been given is misleading. This article in the Harvard Business Review makes the point that this is detrimental because a disgruntled employee is unlikely to perform well. Additionally, it quickly becomes known on social media that this is an employer to avoid.

I would also say that the converse is true. A candidate who lies on their CV will not thrive, and quickly gain a reputation as someone not to recruit.

The article is here

Advice for Older Job Seekers

I came across this recently, aimed at those over 50 who are looking for a job. Briefly the advice is – think strategically about your career, do your research, and hustle like a millennial. The article is US oriented, so  some of the websites may be of limited use (though still worth exploring).

Just don’t do a Yosser Hughes (from Boys from the Black Stuff) https://youtu.be/R0bHvu3y0WA – it rarely works.

Interesting thoughts on the future job market

Though as with any prediction, they may turn out to be inaccurate.

“The future job market will be radically different—almost alien—to what we have now. There are a waves of forces that will significantly change the way we work and the type of jobs we hold. The rapid ascension of sophisticated technology, global connectedness and a confluence of other factors will make the workforce of the future almost unrecognizable.”

AI will increasingly replace some jobs but there will be new demands from an increasingly elderly population.

Read it all via Forbes

Career Ladder or Career Lattice?

An interesting concept via Forbes. The straight line career for life is increasingly a thing of the past. Instead your career may involve moving sideways, diagonally and even sometimes downwards in order to move forwards. And it is difficult to pull a lattice up after you.

Of course, some future careers do not exist yet, so career management and skills development will be key.

The article can be read here