I tidied up my office at home recently and came across an old issue of Inside Housing, from 2006.
Apart from asking myself why I still had such an old issue, I was struck by one thing. The thickness of the magazine. It had loads more pages than the current issues. And why is this I hear you ask?
One word. Jobs.
There were 22 pages of jobs in 2006.
Yes, you read right. 22 pages. Compare this to recent Inside Housing issues which have around 4 pages of jobs. I realise this is a far from scientific analysis between the two periods, but it has got me thinking.
When I first started to work in the Housing sector in the early 2000’s, I remember the vast array of jobs advertised in the back of Housing Today (now called Inside Housing). It was a big part of the reason I felt Housing would be a good career choice, as I could see that, if I worked hard, there were real opportunities to progress.
A more detailed look back at the 2006 issue of Inside Housing shows that, apart from the sheer volume of jobs, there were lots of officer level jobs. Sure, there were some senior level roles advertised, similar to today’s issues, but the vast majority were for lower and middle manager level jobs.
Does this mean there are less Housing jobs now than in 2006?
Of course, the other thing I distinctly remember when I started my career was that it felt a really exciting sector to work in. Nineteen years into my Housing career and I still feel excited by the sector, but I do wonder….
Is this still how people joining the Housing sector feel today?
Do new Housing professionals feel the same sense of wonderment, that the world is their oyster and anything is possible?
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