Jo is an Electronic Engineering Technician who is having difficulty finding employment in her local area. She has already checked out the local job centre and local newspapers to determine if there are any current job vacancies for Electronic Engineering Technicians. Although Jo would like stay in the local area, she is willing to travel to find work.
Jo might want LMI to:
- Find out which employers have hired Electronic Engineering Technicians in the past in her local community. This way Jo can make sure she has exhausted the opportunities in the local area. If she decides that it is time to expand the area for her job search, she might want to put together a list of potential employers in the area that she is willing to re-locate to
- Determine current patterns of demand and current wage rates for Electronic Engineering Technicians in potential relocations areas.
- Think about whether her skills are sufficiently up-to-date, or whether she requires some 'top up' training?
What all this LMI means for her!
Even with all this LMI, Jo will probably want to talk to someone. She may still have questions and might still end up coming to you for further assistance. What topics and issues will you be prepared to discuss and what other resources might you use?
Should the focus of the support offered be:
- on providing relevant LMI;
- about marketing herself;
- on transferable skills required to move occupational areas;
- identify the hidden job market; or
- effective career decision making?
What frameworks for practice do you adopt in your work?