The Covid-19 pandemic taught me that people could instantly lose established jobs and careers. Millions of workers got laid off or even let go after businesses went bankrupt or saw decreased profit. It made me realize how important flexibility and adaptability are in your job.
It’s natural to want to stay in one specific field, but this can sometimes hinder you. Constantly growing and learning different skills is also essential because sometimes jobs become obsolete. Companies and businesses are continually thinking of new ways to do the same work in the cheapest way possible.
That means they won’t hesitate to replace a human with an automated machine if it increases profits. Due to technological advancements, more career fields are in danger of being taken over. Once I realized this, I decided I needed to learn new skills and stay informed constantly. I also knew I needed to be able to reinvent myself if I ever needed to.
Don’t Be Afraid To Reinvent Yourself
So many of the products I grew up with were invented and obsolete in my lifetime. Smartphones, MP3 players, and digital streaming services have replaced pagers, boomboxes, and DVDs. We never stopped enjoying the benefits these items provided; just the way we received them changed. Everything has become faster, more efficient, more reliable, and more convenient. Think about travel agents, for example. They used to be the go-to source when planning a vacation, and now thanks to technological advancements, we can arrange vacations ourselves.
Did they completely lose their job, or did they expand their knowledge and love of travel to a different career? Did they give up and become something else, or did they create a blog and make themselves travel writers? Or did they get another job in travel because they were adaptable and willing to learn? Just like the technology you love and use every day has reinvented itself, so should you.
Being Replaced At Work Is A Real Concern
As if I wasn’t convinced enough, Huffington Post shared an article in 2015 featuring the results of global research conducted by SAP confirming this. SAP is a highly regarded software and technology corporation based in Germany. The article stated: “The number one issue we face as employees is obsolescence of our own skills.”
Statistics from this study showed that 40% of employees were worried about their skills and jobs becoming obsolete, with a contrasting 18% worried about layoffs and 9% were concerned with getting training and educational opportunities. The numbers don’t lie: people in every career field have similar concerns for a good reason. That doesn’t have to be you, though. Keep yourself from becoming obsolete by staying informed of current changes and advancements in your career field.
I spoke to a Psychic Source advisor for guidance and advice on preparing for advice on how to do this. With all the instability the virus has created, I was torn between trying to make it to the top of my current job or completely changing it up and moving on to something new. The psychic helped me make the best choice for me, and I’m glad they were they to guide me. Here are four things you can do to prepare for the future and reinvent yourself should you ever need to:
Use Social Media To Stay Informed
As I mentioned, staying current on news and trends in your field is extremely important. The last thing you want is to be caught off-guard and completely unprepared. That’s true even if you feel safe and secure in your current position, but it’s especially true if you consider changing careers. If so, you must research and track trends in the new career field. Have they had an astonishing number of breakthroughs in how they do things? Is the number of people leaving the field showing a downward trend? Is there a surge in the number of licensed people in that field?
These are all essential things to be aware of; one way to do this is through social media. Follow influencers and online personalities on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc. Follow or subscribe to companies like Money Magazine, Forbes, Bloomberg, Time, and Wired for their latest posts and updates. Join online career groups and start making connections with fellow users. You never know how you can help each find your next job.
Educate Yourself By Reading
Reading is and always has been fundamental. No matter how much you rely on technology or how advanced it gets, reading anything you can get your hands on would be best. Magazines like The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Harvard Business Review are some of your best resources. New books about the current job market are continuously published to keep you informed on what’s hot.
Newspapers are an oldie but a goodie; they can be full of valuable information. If your job sends out publications, emails, or memos about the business, keep up with those. This way, you’ll always be in the know and can find a new or more modern version of your current job if there’s a threat of losing it.
Attend Conferences, Network, And Take Classes
Aside from staying current on what’s happening in the work field, you should also be open to learning new things. That is going to go a long way in helping you reinvent yourself. You can learn new things by attending conferences and taking courses. These days you can take an online course in almost anything. It’s even better if your current company offers these as part of their ongoing training. Some do this because having well-informed employees is in their best interest.
They know their business model can change and want to prepare for it. Courses and conferences teach you about new technology and current standards and trends. Having this knowledge can either get you a promotion where you’re at or can make you a lot more desirable when applying for a new job. Create your job security by making yourself the expert everyone relies on!
Don’t Let Your Age Be A Concern
It’s a huge myth that only young people can pursue a new career, which is invalid. Anyone at any age can embark on a new career journey. A recent article on AARP.org said, “We are among the first generation of Americans who routinely change careers after 50.” That’s because older, more experienced people who have worked for years have something younger people don’t. They have knowledge, skills, and qualities that someone fresh out of college does not.
That’s good news for anyone who has to switch careers after middle age. I know the thought of one day possibly having to find a new career seems scary, but don’t be afraid. You’ll be fine if you’re always taking steps to be more informed, marketable, and up-to-date. You’ll be able to confidently walk the career path you’re meant to be on. Instead of being intimidated by the idea, consider it a great opportunity. That’s a chance to grow, learn, and evolve.
Reinventing yourself means you get to experience new things and feel new feelings. If you don’t like the idea of technology possibly taking over your job, stick to jobs that require humans. Cooking, caring for the sick, teaching, counseling, and art-making will always need the human touch. You can decide what path you want your life to take, and you should never feel stuck doing something you hate.
Let A Psychic Help You Figure Out Your Next Career Move!
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