We live in times of disruption and it seems that no industry is safe.
With the rapid pace of innovation and technology, you might not even notice that you’ve been disrupted until the time comes.
One day you’ve got your career all planned out, and the next, companies across the board are downsizing in response to industry changes. A job should not be viewed as being ‘for life’, especially in an employment climate that doesn’t even guarantee stability.
There are many reasons why disruption in employment might occur.
If the tidal wave ever hits you, consider these tips when trying to make better decisions.
Do your research
As a student, the thought of honing down on a career path can seem quite daunting. Doing a good amount of research about the different fields that may potentially suit you, can help you calm your nerves and get you more prepared to embark on the journey of professional life.
Identify the careers that might interest you. Consider getting a good mentor who can educate you on the current condition of the industry. Look for online resources or ask your career coach to help guide you through the pros and cons of the career you want to pursue. From there, you should be able to find out which ones are more stable and which ones have higher employee turnover rates.
Apply a little foresight
We live in an age where skill sets can become obsolete in just a few years. Many workers can be found scrambling to stay relevant, while others are left in the dust completely lost about the next step. As a young talent, you are at an advantage when it comes to applying a little foresight with regards to your career choices.
For instance, although new job opportunities might be easily found in the tech sector, workers with outdated technical skill sets can quickly become irrelevant.
Look at fields like data science and analytics or drone piloting. Harness skills that can help you enter such job positions. It can be fairly easy to spot suitable careers by having some foresight and by reading up on emerging demands in the country and industry.
Focus on self-development
There’s probably no point searching for a stable career-path if you aren’t going to focus on pushing yourself and growing your abilities so you can achieve your fullest potential. These days, workers may have to master new technologies or risk becoming obsolete, and almost every industry has transitioned to this new employment standard.
Pick up new tools, adapt your skills and strive to become more multidisciplinary. Candidates who are eager to learn new things can survive disruption and find good job opportunities.
As roles and industries get disrupted, the smarter, stronger and faster workers can survive. If you’d like to be one of the survivors, apply strategic thinking and foresight in the career path choices you make, this reinforces your survival by focusing on constant self-development.