‘It has been estimated that 65% of children entering primary school today ultimately end up working in completely new jobs that don’t yet exist.’
I have recently been providing career coaching sessions for secondary school students. Working with this age group is always a good reminder of the importance of being prepared for the evolving job market by initially moving them away from choosing specific job titles and instead creating a career vision. As these young people may not be entering the world of work for another 7+ years, a vision will enable them to be adaptable when faced with different and changing options for progressing their career as well as focussed when making the best decisions for them.
In the same way, when you started thinking about your career the job market probably looked very different to how it looks now. However, at school you were probably presented with a limited list of jobs to choose from: a nurse, a doctor, a teacher, a lawyer, an engineer, the military. Did this list prepare you for the vast array of jobs that are available today? Did any of the jobs really suit you? Did this careers advice prepare you for the inevitable changes that are occurring within the world of work?
Tackling the job market today
Picking a job title, going for it and hoping you like is no longer the best way to start thinking about the best career options for you. There will be all sorts of new types of jobs and career sectors now available (this article may interest you, 10 jobs that didn’t exist 10 years ago) and the best way to discover these is to create a career vision that helps to focus your search. This vision can be adapted to suit you and your circumstances and enables you to remain open to new ideas, rather than limiting yourself to specific jobs.
As you use your vision to search for the best job or career to suit you, your role is to discover and investigate what is available, moving you away from the traditional job search to a more creative one. There will be a job that suits you and, by keeping an open and inquisitive mind, you will find it.
When changing jobs or career, keep an open mind as you look for opportunities that best suit you.
….just one more thing before you go…