Future-proofing your career to stay relevant isn't about learning how to code or going back to college.
It is about having a career plan with a long-term vision, taking into account the current job-market conditions, economic factors, emerging opportunities, personal interests, and family realities.
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A life cycle of a job is shrinking rapidly, and if you're not re-inventing yourself or pivoting on time, you are rendered out of work sooner than in the past decades.
We need to check our career plan and ask ourselves what skills need to be developed to pursue future opportunities, in this shifting economy.
To create a career blueprint, you can take the help of your teachers, coworkers, mentors and family members, while the tools that can help you are the TED webcasts, social media sources, and online industry groups.
This change-management exercise is crucial to not be a victim of dying industries due to not having a career path to guide you in the changing economy.
In a shifting economy, thinking laterally, and identifying neglected sectors which are aligning with your interests, is a powerful trick to gain a professional advantage.
Gravitating towards your interests is the way to go for your career survival, and it is critical for self-innovation and re-invention.
Sometimes, entire industries fade away, and it is not easy to know what will be the economic trends in the next decade.
Getting clues from the current political scenarios and global economic conditions is important, and it helps us understand where our current sector or industry is headed.
AI and Automation reshaping jobs is not not just a possibility anymore.
Emotions are the result of both what happens, and of the story you tell yourself about what happened.
Deepening relationships is a key source of fulfillment.
Shared experiences help employees come together in ways that build meaningful connections and trust. Activities that provide a common purpose — such as an escape room game or a hackathon — are especially effective.
One of the main ways technology has changed the job landscape is the gig economy and contract work.
What will further change is the extent to which specialists will be valued over generalists. In the future, a small business owner will have access to legal talent and services beyond their geography. It will include narrowed down services on an ad-hoc basis.