How to Be Ready for a Changing World
By Sandy Schroeder
You may or may not be where you want to be in your field, but today's world requires us to be ready to create our own path. Staying flexible and resilient will help you advance now and move on to a new spot.
Forbes suggests you gear up to be prepared for whatever the future brings. Learn how to be flexible and resilient with these steps.
Be Curious and Welcome Change
Deep down we know change is inevitable, but we all gravitate toward certainty. Taking advantage of our natural urge to be curious may be the way to accept change and shape it to our liking. Think about what you do and what you are curious about in your field, and then start following the action. Wherever that leads, you may find new ways to do your current job, or new ideas for other positions. Reach out to people in other fields and read widely to position yourself for whatever is coming next. You may not be thrilled, but you will be aware and ready.
Accept Education as an Ongoing Process
Technology may not replace your job, but it will require you to stay up with it. Forbes says only about 5 percent of jobs can be replaced by current technology, but 45 percent of job activities can be automated with available technology.
Forbes says future jobs will require lifelong learning and a re-imagining of education. They recommend the book, Where Machines Could Replace Humans, to reduce fear and replace it with a real perspective.
Create Your Own Path
Today's world offers individuals a chance to explore many jobs and acquire varying skill sets. In the process, new career paths that fit individuals can be shaped.
Forbes offers these suggestions:
Create timed visions for yourself - Project where you want to be in one, three and five-year increments. Outline what it will take to get there. That projection will become clearer and often change as it becomes real.
Assume responsibility for what happens - Others can help, but it is really up to the individual to make the specifics real. Review where you are now, and then decide what you are going to do in the future.
Focus on your growth - Get specific about the training, background and experience that will be needed to make your future a success. Then get started, one step at a time, to grow and learn.
Develop your brand - Your image can make things happen. Know how you are seen and decide what that should be in the future. Make the most of your assets and keep looking for the best path.
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