reviewing the most promising professions in Lithuania

The most promising professions: what to choose to keep the wind in your wallet?

2024 03 19

A critical look at the most promising professions

Karolis Blaževičius, Managing Partner of recruitment and selection company Indigroup, believes that one should not follow the fashions in the worlds most promising professions, but choose what is closest to one’s heart or what one is best at.

It would be naive to expect that education alone will lead to a successful career

“It is very good if a person likes something specific, and if it is, in a general sense, in the field of exact sciences, it is good,” he said. A young person who is hesitant about his or her vocation or who focuses on very generic educational choices runs a higher risk of success, he said, because they do not acquire specific technical knowledge, but only a general image of the world or the economy. And there are many applicants without very specific technical knowledge.

This makes competition for jobs more difficult. “Of course, you should look at the trends in the labour market in Lithuania and the world, but at the same time you should not be fooled. For example, five large factories are coming to Lithuania and there is a shortage of engineers in a certain field, but the demand can be filled in a few years. The focus should not be on what is currently most popular and has already reached its peak, but on those professions for which there is a growing demand,” advised K. Blaževičius.

Demand in IT is decreasing

According to the representative of the recruitment company, the growing demand is currently felt in the IT, manufacturing, engineering and robotics sectors, which continue to develop. “There is also a growth in the demand for digital marketing professionals. There is a shortage of these professionals both in Lithuania and globally,” added the labour market specialist. However, Blaževičius is convinced that it would be naive to hope that education alone will determine a person’s career success. “We have many IT specialists in Vilnius and Kaunas who worked as sales managers for several years before successfully retraining and then competing for jobs with professionals who have studied IT,” he said.

The market is small and the competition is high

Nevertheless, K. “When a person is tossing from one activity to another, he loses the skills and years of career in one field. This is very risky. In Lithuania, the market is small and competition is high. I would suggest finding your own field as early as possible, because radical changes of jobs are both difficult and financially painful.”

The interviewee sees very little career planning in Lithuania. He says that many people choose to take a job lured by financial opportunities, but sometimes this is only a short-term option. And sometimes it is simply a choice to work closer to home, but without thinking about the career opportunities in the chosen company. Consideration should be given to whether the company offers opportunities for career progression, or whether other companies will need the competences and skills you have gained here once you have left the company.

“At the same time, it is important to realise that there is also competition between co-workers. Colleagues are constantly improving, so you need to improve too. If you are the best professional today, you may not be tomorrow if you do nothing,” emphasised Mr Blaževičius.

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