When helping your child look at careers there are so many options to navigate. What information do you need to make informed decisions, and where can you get it?
Perhaps your child is thinking about a career they’d like and wants to know more. Perhaps you’re considering your child’s future options together when exam results come in. Maybe you want to explore careers matching your child’s interests or skills, like music or science. Either way, certain questions are likely to come up – and the answers could help with future choices.
Have you ever asked yourself these questions?
- Would my child need to go to university to get started in their chosen career? Are any special qualifications or entry requirements needed?
- How much do people get paid for that career?
- What’s the average salary?
- What are the top industries my child could work in with that career choice?
- Are there jobs in that career area? How much competition is there for those jobs?
- What are the job trends for that career over time? Is the demand for those jobs shrinking or growing?
- Where are the jobs to be found? Are there local opportunities for a career my child is interested in? Would they need to move?
- How much time would they spend doing their job?
- What are the top paying jobs?
These are all useful questions to consider when helping your child choose a career direction. The answers you’re looking for come under the umbrella term of Labour Market Information (LMI).
What is Labour Market Information (LMI)?
LMI is information to do with work and employment. It’s grouped data that gives you an overview of things like salaries and wage rates, the availability of jobs for a career or industry, skill gaps, demand for jobs over time, regional demand for jobs and more.
LMI is important to young people choosing their careers. Is there more competition for journalism jobs than teaching maths? Do lawyers earn typically more than librarians? Your child has many questions to ask themselves, but LMI can help them sift through their options to make decisions that match their goals, interests, skills, training, location, potential for regular growth and progression, and other key factors.
How to find Labour Market Information for careers on Plotr
Plotr lists over 700 careers featuring the following Labour Market Information for that career pathway:
- Important skills for the job
- Average salary
- Top 10 industries for the job in question
- Average weekly hours of work in that job
- Employment by region
- Past and predicted employment figures for the job from 2011 to 2020
Each career will also give you useful information covering what’s involved, perks and challenges of the job, useful skills and qualifications, sneak peek videos, how to get started, youth-friendly employers in the industry and much, much more.
The Labour Market Information on Plotr is supplied by LMI for All, which has been developed by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and brings together national sources of reliable, high quality LMI. It includes information from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, the Employer Skills Survey and Working Futures, including vacancy data from Universal JobMatch.
The Labour Market Information on Plotr is up to date in terms of information currently available from these sources.
Helping your child choose a career through Plotr
You and your child can explore careers on Plotr in a number of ways:
- Browse by industry
- Browse by career
- Search for a role or by interest using Plotr’s search facility
- Visit Career Worlds and Employer Worlds to explore related careers in an immersive way
- Play the Plotr Game to discover a range of careers matching your child’s skills, interests and personality
Whenever you feel the time is right to sit down with your child and talk careers, you’ll want your child to make the most informed decisions possible – and Labour Market Information is freely available on Plotr to help you both on that journey.
- Plotr Parent Zone – for more information and careers advice for parents
- Helpful UK organisations – a list of organisations who can help your child with training, learning, job hunting and more
- Questions to ask yourself when thinking about careers – questions to share with your child when exploring options
- Who to go to for career advice? – avenues of information for your child to consider when thinking about a career, including careers advisers, teachers and getting insights from people already working in the industry
- Employment and Labour Market – Government LMI resource including a guide to finding local labour market statistics for your area