When we close out one year and start facing the reality of the new year, we are prompted to inwardly explore what we really want in our job for the coming year. Before looking inward, though, maybe we should look outward and consider what the job market is telling us in relation to our employment pursuits.
There are four key forces impacting jobs and the employment market:
- Technology – There is increased use of automation, artificial intelligence, and robotics. Be a part of this change by keeping your skills up-to-date and being prepared to work with the technology, not against it.
- Shifting Demographics – The workforce is getting older and fewer children are being born, resulting in employers looking to other groups to fill the gap. Prepare for the increased competition by knowing your strengths, increasing your skills, and securing your employability.
- Individual Choice – No longer are you adopted by an employer/company for life. You are in the driver’s seat in directing and managing your career goals. It is critical that you possess the desire and ability to grow and adapt your skills quickly to stay relevant as jobs change.
- Sophistication – Employers are increasingly expected and able to track job seeker applications and monitor employee performance and productivity. This means there is more information known about you. Take advantage of this greater knowledge to better understand how you compare to others, what the expectations of the job are, and quickly identify ways you can transition to the next step.
How your job looks today will change. It may not change immediately and you may not realize it initially but change is natural. The key is to be a part of how it is redefined.
In looking back at 2016, have you seen any aspects of your job change due to any of these forces? Let us know in the comments!