The digital revolution, coupled with the continued decline of traditional industries, means that the world of work and the opportunities found within the labour market are radically evolving. However, the problem with this is that people’s perceptions and knowledge around employment are not keeping pace with changes. Instead, an increasing number of people are working in jobs which do not match their skills, whilst at the same time employers struggle to find people with the skills they need to develop and innovate (CEDEFOP estimates that 29% of EU workers are either under/over qualified for their work, whilst 40% of companies struggle to find skilled staff).
Therefore, tools are needed which make sure people both understand their own skills and how these skills relate to the current needs of the labour market, in order to stem the growth in skills mismatches. This includes being able to draw links between transferable skills and the potential ‘new’/emerging jobs they feed into, exploring the geographic (on a local, national and European level) difference in demand for different jobs, and understanding future developments and emerging sectors within the labour market.