In this ever-changing and globalized world, today's professionals have to take into account several key considerations in managing their career for the next decade:
- They have to be up-to-date with their technical skills.
- Employees should never become complacent to remain competitive in the market.
- They need to adopt a growth mindset, remain willing to work across disciplines, and be on the lookout for new opportunities.
Here are the three career trends to watch for:
Everyone is an Entrepreneur
Freelancing is one of the top trends these days. Almost 57 million Americans were freelancing in 2019 and the number continues to grow. Freelancers are in great demand because they provide targeted services to employers in a timely manner. They work as independent contractors, minimizing the overhead for the employers. Freelancers greatly enjoy the freedom and flexibility that come with this work model. You will continuously compete with freelancers which will require you to keep your skills sharpened. You have to really think like an entrepreneur, do robust networking and acquire tangential skills as well as keep your resume updated.
Keep Your Skills Sharp
Today's trend and hottest jobs will not necessarily remain the same in the future. In this fast-paced environment, it is difficult to narrow down the best skill to learn which will last forever. Instead, focus on adopting a professional development plan and start with clear and simple goals. Learn something new outside your career, become a student and expand your horizon. With a professional development plan, you will be able to create a personal roadmap to set your goals, formulate a plan of action, and achieve them. You will learn to be focused, minimize distractions, and set a productive daily routine.
Retirement Looks Very Different
People who love their profession or whose passion is their profession will never want to retire. With more awareness and increased longevity, people are working well into their 70s and beyond. Similarly, people have quit their traditional jobs to pursue the FIRE movement and retired very early in their 30s to pursue their passions. These scenarios really emphasizes the importance of pursuing many pathways to create fulfillment and happiness and a true work-life balance. Another important facet is to manage your money and lifetime earnings in an informed and prudent way, have emergency savings and solid investment strategy throughout your life to help you navigate the lean months when you might be unemployed or underemployed.
Your goal should be to create a growth mindset, lifetime of learning, and pursuing different passions at different phases in your life. You should strive to build a portfolio of skills needed to enrich and advance your career in a fulfilling manner.
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