If you ask any teenager what they want to be doing in ten years, you’d probably hear “I don’t know yet” or some variation on it. This isn’t entirely unexpected. After all, jobs are getting harder to get a hold of and with the vast majority of schools over filled, careers guidance can sometimes be flaky at best. Admittedly, there are plenty of sites and resources available to help people determine what they may be best at, but there’s such little emphasis on it. This isn’t true of all schools or places of higher education, but the general thoughts of the public usually reflect that they wish they had had better guidance in their younger age.
It may seem bleak, but bizarrely the amount of people finding work (though a constantly fluctuating number) remains surprisingly low (as of 2013, 7.8% of the workforce). So even though people wish for better careers guidance, it’s interesting to see that a massive twenty nine million people are in employment. Some settle for a job close to their interests, others take whatever they can get whilst the sensible plan ahead and realise their passions before they leave college.
In many aspects, it may be depressing to think that there’s not much of a future in a person’s employment (and by extension, happiness) but there are always other options.
The rise in popularity of apprenticeships over the years has been an enormous help to people seeking the career guidance they want. A fledgling interest is often turned into full blown passion once a person works within a professionally established company. The different types of apprenticeships are still growing too. People might scoff at the notion of a “McApprenticeship” (McDonalds Apprenticeships) but in reality, managers who come out of it actually earn up to £29,000 a year.
Still, if a job in a fast food chain with education isn’t what you’re interested in, you may consider the possibility of a move to Australia from the UK. That isn’t actually as daunting as it sounds. Moving to another country can indeed be expensive, however, many people cite it as being well worth the effort and that it can actually pay for itself. Australia itself has a booming economy but it also has skill shortages in certain areas. The previous link takes you to a site for the Emigration Group. They have a lot of useful information if you’re curious about the prospect.
For 2014-2015 alone, Australia has created 190,000 places for immigrants to help with building its economy, shaping its society and supporting its labour market. If you think you might have an interest in applying, a visa usually takes between six to twelve months before it’s processed which allows for ample time to prepare for such a large move.
More Jobs Abroad
If Australia isn’t your preference, you may be leaning more towards New Zealand. Though a lot smaller, it was more than good enough for Peter Jackson to film the majority of the Lord of the Rings films with its lush scenery to make it feel more like Middle Earth. He also made his first cult classic film, Braindead, in his hometown. Famous film directors aside, New Zealand itself has as much of an economic boom thanks to having a more broad economy, it doesn’t have natural resources as abundant as Australia, like exports of iron ore.
To emigrate to New Zealand may sound as attractive as emigrating to Australia, but ultimately, the choice falls to you. You may not have even thought about emigration before today, but remember that it isn’t as hard as it might appear. You still need to be patient, what with lengthy visa applications, but you wouldn’t be the first and neither would you be the last.
Planning a Move
Remember that travelling to another country to live there is no light hearted prospect. It requires serious consideration and preparation before it becomes a reality. In some cases, you are required to have £10,000 before you move in order to put something back into the community.
There are plenty of opinions, first hand experiences and mountains of advice from people who are currently going through with a venture abroad and it’s well worth having a look at if only to satisfy your curiosity. No matter the decision, remember that jobs are available everywhere. Moving to another country doesn’t guarantee a job suited to you, nor one you’d be happy with. But it can give you a fresh perspective and experience that can help spearhead you own enthusiasm. No matter what you choose, think carefully on what would be best for you.