CAREER DEVELOPMENT / JUL. 10, 2014
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Back to the Future, 2020 to be Exact

The good news is that you’re ahead of the game in terms of career planning. You have developed a five-year plan with an assessment of your experience. You also did a comparison analysis of your peers and researched the potential earnings for your career field. As a result, you were able to determine where you are, where you would like to be and how you will get there. Great job! But have you considered what the job market will look like in say, six years? In other words, if you have not taken a realistic look at your skills and compared them to the demands of the future workforce; you may be wasting paper, which also isn’t good. The solution: just like Hollywood, the following article will help you try to predict the future by taking a look at “the Big Screen”.

Star Trek MMXX: The Undiscovered Career

After a catastrophic accident in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, the Klingon Empire is forced to enter into peace talks with the Federation — but high placed members of both entities conspire to stop the peace talks before they begin, says BuzzFeed. In Star Trek MMXX: The Undiscovered Career, you have written your five-year career plan; but you failed to consider your prospects for future employment.

When it comes to writing a career plan, five years is usually the recommended and ideal time frame. The goal is to try to make a projection without looking too far out, yet forecasting far enough to allow time to establish goals and make significant accomplishments. The problem is that most people unintentionally overestimate what they can achieve and underestimate what they can in five years. And they tend to overcompensate when it comes to their competitive edges such as skills, demand and education. So how can you salvage your plan? Read more.

Gattaca Part Deux

According to BuzzFeed, the plot of the futuristic movie Gattaca focuses on a society divided by a genetically engineered class of “valids” and a traditionally conceived class of “in-valids,” in which your employment and future are determined by little more than a DNA scan. Take a moment to consider a part two, (although we hope that they will never make another one) where future society is divided by skills.

Notwithstanding Hollywood’s point of view, a few writers have done the research for you by taking an in-depth look at the 2020 job market and what skills will be in high demand. According to U.S. News & World Report, technology will leave its mark on all facets of the market, including the professions we choose, the way we’ll job hunt, our working methods, and—perhaps most importantly—the skills we’ll need for success. Now we face a challenge, says U.S. News & World Report, to fill the gap for skills and experience needed to perform in-demand jobs.

When revising your five-year career plan, make sure you examine your current skills and add a section, based on your research, on how you will prepare for 2020. Needless to say, it will be a difficult process. According Forbes, predicting the skills and knowledge that will be in demand in the labor market of the next decade is far from an exact science. So they asked the Managing Principal of Deloitte University, Diana O’Brien.

“It’s important for people think of themselves as constant learners, capable of growth and improvement every day,” O’Brien told Forbes. “We can’t afford to have people thinking, ‘Well, I studied tax in college, so I can’t learn technology.’ Of course you can.”

O’Brien added that you should not confine yourself to your undergraduate major, or set of experiences. No one majored in mobile applications 10 years ago, but people learned about it in a hurry, she told Forbes. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 19 of the 30 occupations projected to grow the fastest from 2012 to 2022 typically require some form of postsecondary education for entry. So maybe you will need additional education or training in order to advance to the next level in your career. Without the research, you will never know.

The Day the Earth Kept Moving, Slowly

The plot in The Day the Earth Stood Still, focuses on humanity’s general destructiveness instead of just nuclear weaponry, says BuzzFeed. For the purpose of writing an effective plan and the fact that that movie was horrible, let’s just focus on The Day the Earth Kept Moving, Slowly.

An important part of your research should include the current conditions of the economy, expected growth and how that will relate to the labor force. According to the BLS, the projected labor force growth over the next 10 years will be affected by the aging of the baby-boom generation; as a result, the labor force is projected to grow at a slower rate than in the last several decades.

Last, but certainly not least, take a look at your current occupation. Is it among those occupations poised for significant future growth? Four major occupational groups are projected to grow more than 20 percent--nearly double the overall growth--from 2012 to 2022: health-care support occupations (28.1 percent), healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (21.5 percent), construction and extraction occupations (21.4 percent), and personal care and service occupations (20.9 percent), says the BLS. Is your current occupation listed?

The point here, besides the somewhat irrelevant movie comparisons, is that the research all focuses on 2020. If you have written a five-year career plan in 2014, you also should take a look at the end of the decade,—a milestone in itself—which should be used to develop your career goals.

Another thing: make sure you recycle the paper used for your original plan and use a flash drive instead.

 

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