learn all you need to know about careers on this page and you will make decisions like an expert.

career facts and choice

Strange thing about education system is that, decisions of what we are taught in school, college, university or anywhere else is taken on our behalf by experts yet when it comes to career decisions everyone has to make his/her own.
You must be asking yourself, I am a student that has hardly done any paid job so far not an expert, where do I start and how do I do it, well, think of study and practice, the first thing you must do is to study all the facts relating to careers in general and then put what you have studied into practice.
Following below on this page are the aforementioned facts, read them as they are, let these facts become part of your basic knowledge in place of whatever prior careers knowledge you have and making a decision will be straightforward.

Simple fact about labour market

Labour market like any market has two sides, people seeking employment as sellers and employers as buyers and theories of supply and demand for labour apply in most instances. A job vacancy is a derived demand, it can be brand new or vacated post. People seeking employment compete to fill job vacancies.
Factors below affect employment prospects worldwide:

  1. Economic rent - value of wages earned that cover the basic costs of living - rent/mortgage, electricity, gas, water and sewerage bills, clothing, food and so forth that is necessary to keep an employee in his/her current employment.
  2. Geographical mobility of labour - the degree to which people are able and willing to move from one geographical area to another in order to find employment.
    Example:
    A person born and bred in pottery heartland of Stoke-on-Trent , commutes or relocates to Manchester, further afield within the UK or overseas to work or change an employer.
  3. Occupational mobility of labour - the degree to which people are able and willing to move from one particular job to an unrelated one.
    Example:
    An accountant becomes a biologist.
FACT:

Professions and highly skilled occupations have higher wages, low occupational mobility due to the curse of high level of education, long special training and occupational experience requirements but high geographical, elementary occupations have low wages, both high geographical and occupational mobility, the blessing of low level of education, little or no training and experience requirements.

FACT:

Irreversible globalization and constantly changing technology are catalysts of labour mobility where globalization allows for little or no restriction of movement of labour across international borders, technology wipes out some jobs, changes and creates others; together they eliminate job security in most sectors and confine local to geography, local jobs for local people to history.

fact about careers and workplaces in general

All careers are overrated; as most of what everybody does daily is repetitive and boring, due to specialization, a consequence of division of labour, as for workplaces, they are more or less the same, that is, bureaucratic systems that are overly concerned with rules and procedures at the expense of efficiency or common sense.

TIP:
Specialization create information asymmetry, that is, an imbalance between those with deep knowledge of a particular subject, field or skill and those without and thus justifies the exclusion of those without.

Example: Medical field
  1. Orthopaedic surgeon is for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles.
  2. Plastic surgeon is for repair and reconstruction of missing or damaged tissue and skin.
  3. Neurosurgeon is for disorders of the central and peripheral nervous system.
All of these roles are not interchangeable, orthopaedic surgeon is justifiably excluded from plastic and neurosurgery jobs respectively and the other way round.
In other words, if you want to make a career out of something, you must have to become a master of it as being a jack of all trades and a master of none will not get you far.

Correlation between qualifications and careers

Qualifications, specific or general, when they strictly refer to knowledge one has acquired not certificates with grades to show one has completed required schooling or training from an officially recognized or authorized institution at an expensive university degree level or equivalent cheaper but limited higher vocational or apprenticeship serve as minimum entry requirement to most traditional careers, meaning, career aspirations must match your educational goals, you cannot leave school at 16 with no more than GCSE qualifications and expect to go further.

tip:
Donkey's years ago, a university bachelor degree used to provide enough advanced knowledge to last a career, these days, it has a shelf life of no more than five years before is no longer useful!

facts and figures:
The subjects that you choose and pursue into further and higher education have influence on what you can and cannot do, the likelihood of getting a job and the ease of switching careers, read the links below:
  1. Post-16 subjects.
  2. University subjects
universities, teaching and courses

There are leading universities and others, the advantage of the leading is the affluent, well-connected home and international students they attract, a priceless alumni, a social capital in an institutionalized form as the network can only be created by attending a specific institution, as for teaching, university is where you do self directed learning and academics that call the shots validate your work, as for courses; there are tens of thousands offered without warranty where a prospective student alone is responsible for his/her choices, the easiest way to choose courses is through subjects.

How to choose a career

Now you have read all the facts, you must have realized, you do not need to fuss about any career and therefore to choose, simply, refer to the subjects you are currently taking in a classroom, luckily throughout secondary education before you sit for your GCSE exams, your education is general not specialist and thus covers all or almost all the subjects, use job profiles to write down a shortlist of jobs that sounds interesting to you, pick the job you like most based on expected universal real rewards that you can see, touch or experience, such as, salary and fringe benefits, security, promotion opportunities, working conditions and the environment as are known facts not personal rewards that have to do with your mind and feelings, such as, enjoyment, appreciation, opportunity to utilize one's abilities, sense of challenge and achievement, recognition and fair treatment that are nothing more than pleasant extra things.
tip:
'Choosing a career is one thing, ending up doing it is another'. Success is hinged on preparation. To have a good idea of what preparation involves, read how to get a job.