“It is only through work and strife that either nation or individual moves on to greatness. The great man is always the man of mighty effort, and usually the man whom grinding need has trained to mighty effort.”
Theodore Roosevelt, April 27, 1900
Are you planning for your next career? When do you think you’ll start planning and learning about your next career?
The might economic upheaval from the past couple of years should have taught American workers that stability and long-term employment at anyone company is largely a myth. The predicted changes in the global economy are bearing fully on many of the working class. Many of those in the working class have found that there are no jobs for the skills they have and that the skills they do have are not readily transferable to other careers.
The demand for lower prices is causing a shift away from American shores to countries where labor prices are low and where workers are highly skilled.
So, what does one do when they are displaced by economic and technological factors?
In today’s world the best bet is to find areas where there is positive economic growth and seek training and employment in those areas that match your talents and strengths. Don’t assume that because you made a shift to a new career field that it will be long lasting. Assume that you will need to retrain yourself for another career. It won’t be easy to balance all of life and then focus on increasing your value by seeking out where technology and the jobs are going.
High rates of growth will be experienced in
1. Elder care
2. Health care
3. Green technologies
New service industries are likely to sprout up as a number of people are shifting from traditional employment to self-employment. Contract employment will increase reducing a large financial burden from employers (medical costs, and others) and fundamentally reshape employment as we know it.
To keep pace in this new economy:
1. Keep abreast of what is happening in the job markets.
2. Prepare for you next career
3. Start now, don’t wait. Pay for your own education.
4. Keep adding value in whatever you do.
5. Be flexible
6. Add continuous career development to your life