There’s an app for just about anything these days. But could smartphone apps be the next big thing in helping solve youth unemployment? Standing at 12.7 per cent in May, as reported by Trading Economics, youth unemployment continues to be high in Australia. So, what apps are there that might help the situation, and are they really all that they’re cracked up to be?
Personal development and job search
Apps that might help solve youth unemployment fall into two categories – those that facilitate personal development, and those that can make the job hunt easier. You can use personal development apps to learn new skills, particularly those that would be useful in a tech career. Coursera, for instance, has over 1,000 different courses in a range of topics, while Lynda focuses specifically on technology and work-related skills, including coding and web design. There’s a range of these applications out there, and they’re definitely worth a look. They’re also often free or a lot cheaper than attending courses in person.
Note that being able to speak a foreign language is an extremely employable skill (one that you can highlight on your LinkedIn page), so the multitude of language learning apps are also a good place to start.
The second category is apps that will help you with your job search. These include all the usual ones like Seek and LinkedIn, but there are others with a slightly different focus. Jobaware, for instance, allows you to sync all your job searching activity, which means you can compare different job requirements and salaries. CareerBuilder is another useful one. You can do all the usual things like filter your job searches, but it also allows you to view your competition, including average stats on other applicants’ education and experience.
Are these apps all that they’re cracked up to be?
All this sounds great, and at Talent RISE we’re happy to see any new technology that’s going to help young people get jobs. However, there are some problems with using apps to lessen youth unemployment. It relies on people having smartphones, which isn’t always the case, and even the best learning apps can’t teach things like soft skills.
It’s important, therefore, that employers still recognise the need to train up staff, and understand that not everyone will have the exact skill requirements that they’re looking for. As long as your candidate shows a willingness to learn, they should still be considered.
Talent RISE creates meaningful solutions to Australia’s youth unemployment crisis. For more information, please contact the team today.