The UK occupation list serves to outline the jobs in the UK where there are insufficient workers resident in the UK. Some of the key sectors that are in demand include IT, Healthcare, Engineering, Energy Sector, Creative and social care sector. This graphic outlines some of those roles in this single career poster.
There are some interesting careers mentioned in the shortage list that include dancers and 3 D animators that illustrate some of the more specific roles, however there is more than could be done to encourage young people to consider some of the many STEM careers that are listed here. In particular, its worth mentioning the wide range of engineering occupations that the list details both electrical, mechanical and production engineers. We produce our own range of career posters to this affect in the STEM series but there's plenty more work that guidance advisors and parents can do to steer young people to consider these careers.
We thought it was worth publishing a blog about the work that goes on behind the scenes at CGC. The challenge of producing a career infographic that not only contains good content but that can work visually on a classroom wall or in a school corridor is not that straight forward.
When we look at a new poster series it takes a lot of time and effort to not only research the career area but source the images that will work. Take our career chart series, a simple mind map. However it took us seven different revisions to find a graphic design format that we felt would work. Once that was done we began the task of researching the industry and its occupations. In general,.that process takes about a day to do, We then discuss them with professionals in the industry and make the relevant changes so the content is accurate. We try and source the latest occupations titles and seek to use the most common terms. Our collection is now in excess of 70 career charts and we're working on new ones all the time.
Career Poster ideas
When we decided to work on our new career grid series, we already had an idea of how it might look. The thought came from a graphic we saw in a local restaurant that got us thinking about how we could develop this new career poster. The challenging element came in researching the industries associated with the subjects we wanted to use and finding images that would work. You might think that would be as easy as plucking an image from a google search but it isn't. We have to purchase images under licence to use. and also try and ensure we have a mixture of people from different ethnic groups.
We're working on a series of career infographics that have more icons and illustrations. These take a lot of time and thought to produce and we regular chat with other professional colleagues to gain their views on the content before finalising them. We've already got 7 in the set but there is more to come. So there you have it. It's just a poster but behind the stage their's a lot to bring a career poster into the limelight.
I have 10 years experience of working in careers guidance and am director of CGC. We publish career infographics for schools and colleges