Students Encouraged to Assess Labour Market Before Choosing Careers

Director General, Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Dr. Wayne Henry, is encouraging students, in consultation with guidance counsellors and their parents, to assess the labour market before they venture on particular career paths.

He said this knowledge will assist them to choose careers that will still be relevant after they have finished their training and are ready for the world of work.

“At the PIOJ, we tend to track and forecast jobs of the future – what jobs are going to be relevant. Persons must be aware of what is there and what is relevant,” Dr. Henry emphasised.

He was responding to questions at a symposium focusing on the brain drain and migration of young professionals, at the University of the West Indies, Mona, on March 2.

Dr. Henry noted that the work of the Labour Market Reform Commission includes the establishment of a labour market information system, among other things.

The 18-member Commission, which was set up in April 2015, has been mandated to oversee the review of existing policies and practices, with respect to five thematic areas of the labour market, and to make recommendations for their revision to modernise the labour market and enhance the economy’s competiveness. Read more

Source: Jamaica Information Service (JIS)