I don’t have to tell you that things have changed since the days when people could obtain a position offering a good living and benefits without much education. I live in Michigan where the auto industry has always had an impact on our way of life. You will be hard pressed to find anyone here that is not connected to someone who works for GM, Chrysler, or Ford. In the past these industries offered people with as little as a third grade education the opportunity to provide a decent lifestyle for their families. Now, even most automotive jobs require some form of post-secondary education. Not to mention, technology is continually progressing so people will have to make sure they are employable or else their industry could pass them by. Here are a few tips to make sure that you are employable in the future.
Watch Your Industry – It’s okay to love your job, and even the company you work for, but the key is to make sure that you stay up to date on the latest trends in your industry. I’ve seen many people who worked in a particular field for a long time, however, they did not take the time to make sure they were employable if and when changes occurred. Take certifications and learn things that will better position you for future opportunities. If your company offers tuition reimbursement, take advantage of it. Consider going back to school and completing a graduate certificate or post-baccalaureate program if it makes sense to your career path.
Don’t Get Comfortable – Life is filled with transitions, and when layoffs occur, you don’t want to be caught unprepared. Whether you are the CEO or an entry-level employee, you should have a plan for your career. Don’t allow your career to freely flow downstream as if it were a river, letting you off where it pleases. Become the captain of your ship and make plans that will steer you towards where you want to be. This requires that you never get too comfortable as I wrote about here. Continually push yourself out of your comfort zone, you may even find some hidden interests and talents in the process.
With changes in the job market and employment trends, it’s paramount that people ensure that they are employable. What I mean by this is, people can no longer depend on working jobs for 30 years and retiring into the sunset. What if something happens and you are laid off or fired? What if you suddenly become sick, or need to take time off from work for an extended period of time? You have to take an active role in your career. Whether you feel secure at your place of employment or not, you have to actively work to get better at your craft while also exploring new things. If you don’t pay close attention to your industry, or improve your skills on a regular basis, you could find that your industry has moved beyond your level of expertise. Be sure to make learning new things apart of your life and not just related to work. Regularly try new things, read often, enjoy hobbies, and continue to grow in all areas—this will benefit you in your career as well.
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