Careers advisor Sandra Reynolds takes your questions!

Hello, I'm Sandra Reynolds and I work for Adviza.

Adviza is a registered charity inspiring people to make better decisions that help them progress in learning and work. Our passion is to support young people and others, at important times in their lives where key decisions need to be made.  We offer free and impartial information, advice and guidance to help you with your decisions about careers, courses and work. Since Covid, we have been supporting people through phone guidance, webinars and virtual job fairs. We have been helping people to identify their transferable skills and how they can use these in emerging growth industries.


What jobs might there be in the future?
wise_rainforest, Whyteleafe School

Hello wise_rainforest, to try to help us predict what jobs will be needed more in the future and which ones perhaps not so much, we use the information provided to us by data experts. They look at the current demand for jobs and look at new things being approved by the government such as using more renewable sources of energy, we can then look at which jobs are needed to make this happen. We can look at what new companies are setting up and what types of job vacancies they will have. We are an ageing population so will need more carers in the future and more NHS staff to cope with demands. With Covid we have also seen a change in people’s behaviour, for example many more people have been getting on their bikes - so there has been an increase in the need for bicycle repair technicians.

...we have also seen a change in people’s behaviour, for example many more people have been getting on their bikes - so there has been an increase in the need for bicycle repair technicians.

Sandra Reynolds on jobs in the future


How do you carry on doing your job during the pandemic?
interesting_spring, Hammond Junior School

Hello interesting_spring, during the first lockdown, we were able to keep in touch with our customers through phone calls. We also developed interactive sessions that people could join via Zoom. We have held virtual job fairs where we have brought together employers who have live vacancies with people who had unfortunately lost their job due to Covid. They were able to meet, learn a bit more about each other and carry on the conversation after the job fair. Customers have also taken advantage of webinars on topics such as "how to job search during lockdown", "Transferable skills" and "Winning CVs".  It is very useful for people to be able to identify what skills they do have and how these can be transferred from one environment to another.


Do interviews always serve their purpose?
comfortable_chemistry, Michael Faraday School  

Hello, our interviews are all customer-led, this means that we agree with the customer at the start of the interview what they would like to achieve during the session and we summarise throughout to ensure that this is happening. Some people do not know how we can best help them so we may give them a list of possible options that they can choose from. It is OK if you start thinking that you want information and advice about one thing and then part way through the interview you change your mind and want to talk about something else. We have lots of positive feedback from our customers on our services and how useful they have been.


How has Furlough system changed the future of work?
amazing_papaya, New Horizons Children’s Academy and idealistic_editor, Bruntcliffe Academy

Hello, yes this is an interesting question as 12 months ago, very few of us had even heard of furlough. It has made a huge difference to many people and businesses who otherwise would not have survived the crisis as the government has supplemented their income. The furlough scheme is due to finish at the end of March 2021. Certainly the Covid pandemic has changed the future of work as many of us are now set up to work from home and meet colleagues virtually for meetings that used to take place face to face. Even when we can start to meet again as usual, some busineses may still want their employers to work from home some of the time if they are more productive and it suits their work/life balance more. So I think in the future we will see fewer people travelling long distances and more use of technology and digital services.

Even when we can start to meet again as usual, some busineses may still want their employers to work from home some of the time if they are more productive and it suits their work/life balance more.

Sandra Reynolds on working from home


How do the people you work with feel about the risks of their job being taken by robots, machines and automation in the future?
Hardworking_dinosaur, Ormiston Park Academy

Hello hardworking_dinosaur, in the Careers Guidance sector that I work in, we use technology to support our work with customers. The National Careers Service website is an excellent resource, there are over 800 job profiles where you can find out more about the job, the salary, how to get into it and the skills needed. You can also complete short assessments which help you identify your skills and how you can use these in careers. But many people prefer to talk face to face or over the phone with a person when they are making important decisions, they want to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of different options and be helped to find solutions to any problems, so I feel that a balanced approach is best.


Thank you very much to Sandra for her answers!

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