Are there smart career choices?
We constantly hear that society is changing. The green shift, globalisation, automated production, artificial intelligence and that we will be, as many of us already are, on digital platforms around the clock. A picture is drawn of a rapidly changing workplace, with an increase in flexibility, people working from home, more frequent job changes and many setting up their own consulting service rather than being a fulltime employee. “Gig-markets” has become a buzzword.
Many of these shifts are already steamrollering along. The green shift started a long time ago, and digital platforms that govern our lives, especially due to lockdown in the covid-era, have become commonplace. But this picture can also be misleading.
Even if work-content and the way we work changes, many professions will still be around. People will continue working in the same sectors as before – transport, health, sales, food, building and construction, etc. There will also continue to be a strong demand for vocational competency. But digitization and automation will force changes within all sectors and professions.
How does this affect your choice of career? Here are some things to keep in mind:
What about flexibility? Take assignments when you want them? Decide your own working hours? Take time off to realize those dreams? Excellent! And the supply of projects you can make a living from are increasing every day in our digital world. However, note the following:
Are you the entrepreneurial type – one who seeks to exploit a commercial opportunity, either by bringing a new product or process to the market? Great – society needs new investment and innovation that boosts the economy. And if you succeed, you could become financially self-sufficient and realize your dream at the same time.
Your interest and motivation for your chosen profession. Don’t listen to other people’s advice. It may be well-meant, but you are the only one who knows what motivates you.
And lastly, spend some time on setting up your CV and cover letter. It’s all about selling yourself to secure that dreamjob.
The do-it-yourself option:
The tailormade kick-back-and-relax alternative: