Match career ideas to jobs in demand

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Choosing a future career with good job prospects makes sense. Here's how to help your young person find jobs in demand.

The working world is changing quickly and as parents we want what’s best for our young people. It’s easy to advise them to get into a profession or trade we know, but the fast pace of technology means we may be unaware of what skills are in demand and what new jobs are out there.

Here’s how to help your young person find out what skills are in demand and link their career dreams to a job opportunity.

Go online to find jobs in demand

You can go online to research labour market skill shortages when you’re working out which jobs have good prospects. While it’s probably not a good idea to choose a career based solely on there being a skill shortage, it’s helpful to know where the best chances of getting a job are.

Tips for finding skill shortage information

  1. Use our labour market information to find jobs in demand.
  2. Check Immigration New Zealand's skill shortage lists.
  3. Search job vacancy websites for which jobs pay the most. Highly paid jobs are usually more in demand.
  4. Contact the relevant industry training organisation – they may know where trainees are needed or give you other useful information.
  5. Research articles about jobs in demand in the business and career sections of online newspapers.

Matching career ideas to skills in demand

Once you’ve researched skills in demand, check if they match your young person’s career ideas. If they’ve chosen a job in demand, such as surgeon, that’s easy. But what if their career ideas aren’t obvious matches with skills in demand?

Tips for finding jobs in demand that interest your young person

  • Try our tools – use our Subject Matcher and Skill Matcher tools to find jobs that interest your young person and are also in demand.

  • Check their Vocational Pathways graph – your young person will have a Vocational Pathways graph in their NCEA results. Use this to see what industry they have a natural interest or talent for, and use our job profiles to search for jobs in demand in that industry. 

Careers with poor prospects

Perhaps your young person has chosen a career with limited opportunities, such as forensic scientist or artist. Picking a career with poor prospects doesn’t have to be a bad choice. 

Chat with your young person about the realities of finding work in the industry they chose. Help them find people working in that industry to talk to and check out our job profiles and videos to get a better picture of that career.

Once they’ve done the research, help them make a plan for steps they can take to get into the job. Make sure they include a backup plan. They could also plan for a portfolio career – one with a range of jobs or activities.

Updated 12 Sep 2019