In the world of money, risk-averse investors prefer low-risk products to maintain their assets rather than possibly higher returns from more volatile, riskier products. A very personal decision – which may or may not be the right one – involving a careful consideration of many variables.
But in today’s job market, we can’t afford to be risk averse. Today, we can’t just focus on maintaining our employability assets, we must constantly learn and expand our comfort zone.
Many factors force us to take smart employment risks and avoid harmful professional doldrums: the constant, brutal disruption of sectors and jobs, critical skills that appear and disappear, strategic and technological changes of all kinds, the globalization of the job market ...
In other words, staying inside your comfort zone without nourishing any desire for progress or curiosity or learning anything more than previously acquired knowledge, achievements or experience, is the fastest, most direct way to becoming less employable.
Some 300 million workers may have to retrain for new jobs by 2030 due to the job disruption caused by current technological advances
According to a McKinsey report, some 300 million workers may have to retrain for new jobs by 2030 due to the job disruption caused by current technological advances.
It’s obvious that professional retraining is no longer an “optional subject” just for executives with healthy ambitions and those seeking horizontal or vertical promotion.
On-going career development and retraining are now “core subjects” throughout your working life. Your mindset must evolve towards being a “job intrapreneur” and protagonist of your career destiny, whether you are self-employed or an employee.
Fortunately, nowadays there are more tools, training and information than ever for executives with the maturity and desire to advance, and resources to help those with greater difficulties.
In addition, many public and private entities offer upskilling programmes to optimize employees’ performance in current positions, and reskilling programmes to prepare them for new jobs and bolster their employability.
The job market of the future will undoubtedly be competitive, highly dynamic and require constant retraining.
Is this an opportunity or a threat? It depends on your standpoint. I believe the future will beckon to people who are non-conformist and restless, and that these attitudes should be fostered in both personal and professional spheres.
I’m optimistic about the future job market, despite its obvious pros and cons. I think it’s essential to reinvent the support systems for people seeking their first job or a new job in order to boost their potential. It’s not just about helping them find work, it’s about understanding their motivation and real employment value better whilst nurturing their sense of responsibility and avoiding paternalism.
I’m convinced that if you concentrate on your strengths and self-development and listen to market needs, you will be employable. In many cases it won’t be quick or easy, but it’s certainly feasible.
It must also be said that society as a whole is responsible for bringing down unemployment and creating better jobs that encourage synergies between education and work, with public, private and third-sector entities all involved in building the future.
It’s essential to play to win and think big, without forgetting that highly complex work challenges lie ahead.
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