Many industries in the USA are in danger, as people change the way they live and do more online. Whether you work in retail, travel, or a completely different industry that’s in danger of losing jobs through automation or lifestyle changes, you may be worried about where your career is headed in future.
That’s why it’s so important not just to focus on your career and getting promotions now, but futureproofing your career so that you are ahead of the crowd.
Here are some things you can do to ensure a better future at work.
- Stay up to date with your industry
No matter what industry you work in, you should keep up to date with what’s going on. Consider subscribing to a trade magazine, as this will give you lots of interesting information about which companies are booming and which are in trouble, industry trends and much more, which can help you make decisions about your career.
2. Put yourself forward for training
If your work has a round of layoffs in future, then those who are unskilled are more likely to be at the receiving end. If you possess transferable skills, then you’ll probably earn more and it will be more difficult to lay off, as you’ll offer something specific to the business.
When opportunities for training arise, even if they aren’t particularly exciting, try to make the effort to upskill.
3. Switch to a more stable industry
Those who work in industries that are most likely to fall victim to automation, or have been in decline for a while, may want to start considering a career change. While you need to have an interest in the job, it’s worth looking at industries that are going to need more staff in future.
For example, there’s likely to be a nurse practitioner shortage in the future, and jobs like nursing are hard to automate, so if you retrain in this area, then you will have a better chance of a stable career.
4. Notice when your industry is in decline
There can be a lot of signs that the industry you work in is in trouble:
- Fewer people are being hired year on year
- There’s stiffer competition
- Disruptive business or apps are offering the same products and services, but cheaper and in a more convenient way
- There’s a lack of progress in your career path
- Salaries are stagnant
If you notice the early signs of a decline in your industry, then you have more time to retrain and plan, so you can future proof your career.
5. Look for new opportunities
People who have successful careers often have got there by finding new opportunities, and there are a number of ways to do this. Networking is one of the most important, as it is one of the main ways people move up in their career or how they move into different industries. You should also make time to attend career events such as fairs, which can be a good way to broaden your horizons.