Career Trends and Forward Thinking

Back in January, I posted a blog, Paying Attention to the Trends.  I addressed the importance of paying attention to your career path and the occupational outlook in different sectors.  That outlook is based on how society and the culture of work has changed and will change over the next decade.  Did you follow the link within the blog to a great resource?

People like Peter Drucker were masters of understanding how organizations change, manage change and should prepare for change.  While most of the population could not have predicted or even anticipated the economic and employment changes we have seen in the last five years, we can learn from it and be smarter in our plans going forward.  That’s why we pay attention to the trends.

Ten years ago, in his book, Managing in the Next Society,Peter Drucker said, “A century ago, the overwhelming majority of people in developed countries worked with their hands: on farms, in domestic service, in small craft shops, and (at that time still a minority) in factories.  Fifty years later, the proportion of manual workers in the American labor force had dropped to around half, but factory workers had become the largest single section of the workforce, making up 35 percent of the total.  Now, another fifty years later, fewer than a quarter of American workers make their living from manual jobs…..Knowledge has become the key resource.”

If knowledge is the key resource, then being educated is vital and being educated is more than just achieving a degree in an area of study that seems to be a good idea.  I get contacted frequently by young adults who have completed a college education only to realize they either dislike their chosen field or can’t get work and see no hope in the future.  So how can you get on a better track or guard against a career mismatch and thousands of dollars invested in something you really don’t like or with limited career opportunities?

  1. Pay attention to trends across media by reading articles like, Job Market Picks Up for Graduates, in the Wall Street Journal or Hiring in US Slowed in May with 54000 Jobs Added, in the New York Times. While these papers are presenting different perspectives, there are trends that are apparent.
  2. Tag websites that report meaningful data like the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook and monitor them quarterly.
  3. Make a reasonable investment up front in a career professional to help you set a course for success and save thousands in the long run.   Contact me.  I can help you identify the right career direction for you, write a plan for success and monitor your efforts along with the trends.  (scrolling your mouse over any of the highlighted areas within this blog will take you directly to the link)

You can be “forward thinking” much the way Peter Drucker encouraged all of us to look at life and try to predict our futures 50 years out and imagine how our careers might evolve.  You can take action by following these three recommendations.  Or you can invest your time and your dollars ineffectively and like so many others, wonder what happened.