Some of the events mentioned in the title have already caused unexpected shocks, while others are predicted to do the same. How will these events, or President Trump affect jobs and careers? We really don’t know yet, but one can always prepare to adapt. Preparing our mindset is the first step in dealing with change.
If we learned one thing from 9-11, it’s that change can drastically happen overnight. Some are still grappling with recent political surprises. How can we prepare for changes in the workplace? One way is to take control of your work. The reality is job security is scarce today. Keeping abreast of the latest technologies whether it’s related to your field or not, is something workers need to take into account.
In 2016, AT&T’s president told employees, “There is a need to retool yourself, and you should not expect to stop.” In an interview at AT&T’s Dallas headquarters, he stated, “People who do not spend five to 10 hours a week in online learning, will obsolete themselves with the technology.”
A joint research study conducted by EdAssist and the University of Phoenix titled “The Real Story Behind Career Development: Who is Responsible?” examined employee’s and managers’ perception of whose responsibility it is to provide training. Each side believes the other should be responsible. While employee’s and organizations point the finger at each other wasting time, both will be suffering in a disruptive economy.
In a Bloomberg interview with Jack Hidary, former Dice Inc. Chairman and CEO, stated “We are squarely in the Disruptive Economy…where’s Blockbuster? Where’s Tower Records?” What well-known business will disappear next? Will it be where you work?
There is a positive side to a disruptive economy. Where it might do away with some jobs and organizations, it can create other opportunities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has been monitoring the so-called “Gig Economy.” This is where freelancers, contractors, self-employed and other entrepreneurs offer their professional services for work on demand, contracts, and other short-term projects. Success Magazine has looked to empower such workers by calling it the “YouEconomy.” Reminding freelancers that “your place in the YouEconomy can’t be filled by anyone else. The world is waiting for your skills, your ideas, your smile. It’s time to claim your place in the YouEconomy.”
As technology disrupts economies, reassessing one’s skills and career planning become crucial. Now is the time to build on these skills to prepare for whatever surprises lie ahead. The book titled “Megachange: Economic Disruption, Political Upheaval, and Social Strife in the 21st Century” by Darrell M. West stated about the future: “Social, economic, and political patterns no longer are fixed but are generating rapid and transformative shifts. People need to be prepared for a scope of change that is grander than typically envisioned. Until we better understand these tectonic movements, it will be difficult for individuals and societies as a whole to deal with their extraordinary impact.”
How are you preparing for the future of work? The skills needed for the future workforce entail: creativity, problem-solving, adaptive thinking, media literacy, and leadership to name a few. You must be aware of your abilities, skills, strengths, passions, preferred work style, values, ideals and motivation if you hope to navigate the changing landscape. The Highlands Ability Battery provides an intensive and accurate assessment of your natural skills. Please contact me at Questions@itinaucore.info for further assistance in taking the Highlands Ability Battery and receiving a detailed customized report with a personal debriefing of results. Be ready for the future, be confident of your abilities, be ready to chart your future!