Career scenery seems to change at a very rapid pace these days. Economies and consumption patterns appear to be all interconnected to one another. Therefore, services that prove to be essential for young, career oriented workers today may not remain relevant or beneficial in the future. In the job market, certain careers appear to be future proof at first glance. For example, our society will always require doctors. However, even these jobs are far from being completely future proof as you might think. General work environments for a doctor can change quite rapidly as time passes. The individual job requirements and standard skill sets change over time as well. What we’re trying to say here is that even if doctors will always be needed, what a doctor is and does (along with his or her work environment) may vary greatly with the passage of time. Considering the degree to which job markets can change, it’s incredibly important that all of you young professionals invest in future proofing your career. This leads us to this page we’re posting today. We’ve taken the guess work out of that whole future proofing process by compiling a list of the top 5 ways that future proofing your career can lead to career success.
The bad news about this rapid change is that it can affect virtually any career on the job market. No one is completely immune to change. Additionally, no single source of expert opinion can provide you with a perfect forecast of changes. The best we can do is study trends and facets of the market to provide you with highly educated estimates. The good news about all of this is that your career can be future proofed with a small amount of effort on your part. Even if you feel completely satisfied with your current job, you must always remain vigilant in searching for the best career opportunities. These opportunities may exist within your organization or outside of it. The simple truth is that future proofing your career is much more important than simply scanning the market for new jobs. Future proofing makes you a highly desirable employee and a prized commodity in the job market.
Top 5 Ways towards Future Proofing Your Career
Creating a list of the top 5 methods to future proof a career can prove difficult. If you have no way of knowing what jobs will require of you in the future, how can you adequately know what skills to invest in? The good news with all of this guess work is that you actually don’t really even have to guess at such fine details. We discovered some general approaches to ensuring that you remain relevant in the future work place. The best part here is that all of these tips really work because they help you become adaptable enough to keep up with almost any changes to the market. Here are the top 5 ways that future proofing your career can lead to career success:
1. Find a company with a strong teaching environment
– This tip may sound like a cliché. However, a job that teaches you new things and stimulates learning should prove valuable in the future. In our current job market, a few companies exist which are known for their proclivity towards education and teaching. Working for these companies ensures that you get your ‘foot in the door’ with just about any other company in the field. Try to obtain a position within one of these companies (such as General Motors, Google, Apple, Toyota, etc.) If a new opportunity arises at a competing company, your experience should help you out. Using this tip, you’ll be ahead of the game in future proofing your career.
2. Develop your skills and competencies
– Theoretically, almost everyone already does this on a consistent basis. Most people add new certificates to their collection through workshops and other events. However, you should be trying to acquire concrete skills based on a plan that you set for yourself. Make an effort to gain two new competencies every year. Or, at least advance the skills you already possess. If you still need to catch up on your formal education, you should do so as soon as possible. Develop a 5 year plan to attain the diploma you currently lack. Make sure the skills you develop remain diverse. For instance, you could further hone a program which can be used in your line of work while learning a foreign language commonly used in your industries’ sales. You can even stretch these skills outside of your current line of work. Even if the skill you develop won’t really help much in your present job, the skill may prove useful in a new line of work in the future. Career success often means having many options available in your back pocket. Even if you don’t plan to leave your company or your line of work, having options provides you with a powerful bargaining tool. And if your current job ever becomes obsolete, you must have skills other than your main specializations.
3. Keep up with technology
– Maintaining a firm grasp on technology is perhaps the single most important aspect of future proofing your career. Technology not only creates wonderful new opportunities for both employers and employees alike, but it also serves as the main factor behind the majority of the change taking place in the current job market. If you want to have a place in the new market, you must keep up with the technological changes. Make sure you remain technologically knowledgeable in both your specific line of work and in general day-to-day life. Maintain a well organized virtual presence online and keep these profiles up-to-date.
4. Work on the right mind set (and company) for future-oriented career success
– In her book about future proofing your career, Forbes writer Linda Gratton includes a range of psychological factors which greatly impact this process. You must remain open to the possibility of starting your own micro-company. In turn, you may need to work on the courage to do that. You must also create and maintain a large social network which can help you advance professionally. Maintaining contact with the right people and business relationships will provide you with much more than just opportunities. These people and relationships will give you new ideas and examples in order to keep you tuned to the pulse of the consumer market.
5. Think globally
– Since you can’t work on developing every skill and competency, you will have to pick and choose what to improve upon and how to apply these skills to your job. Prepare to always think about things at a global scale. Think about whether the things you do are useful in the larger scheme. Also, consider how your employer can perhaps profit from the global changes taking place. Can an affordable workforce in another part of the world get your company to outsource some of the work to that area? By considering the larger picture, you might foresee changes. This ‘premonition’ gives you an adequate amount of time to adapt your current skills for the future.
When you apply all of these methods of future proofing, try to remain positive in your outlook: you will learn to work through an age where adaptability will be the most valued trait and where the job will probably never become boring. Good luck in your journey. Remember, career success is something you must maintain by keeping alert, rather than something that you simply obtain at a certain point in your life.