Have you ever been concerned about the future of your career? If you have a chosen profession which you love, it is unnerving knowing that the demand for it might be decreasing. In an ideal situation, your occupation would be one for which there is a constant need. This provides job security and the ability to more easily plan for the future.
But what if this isn’t the case for your particular career field? While nearly early every industry goes through fluctuations over time, automation is currently the biggest threat to job security.
“More than five million jobs, almost 40 per cent of Australian jobs that exist today, have a moderate to high likelihood of disappearing in the next 10 to 15 years due to technological advancements, a CEDA report being released today has found.”
According to a research paper from the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, the industries most susceptible to automation include retail, transport and hospitality, while teaching is the least at risk.
No matter what statistics say, it’s important to remain optimistic when it comes to the world of work. With just a few simple steps you can get a solid handle on the future of your profession in Australia, and figure out exactly how you’ll manage in the coming years.
GROW, GATHER SKILLS, BECOME COMPETITIVE
When certain roles are on the decline, it doesn’t mean there will be no jobs available. What it does mean is that competition for those vacancies will grow more and more intense. To keep thriving in your profession, it’s time to get serious. Focus your energies on developing new skills. If you can get another certification or qualification, do so. The more competitive you stay, the better chance you have of making the most of the situation and continuing to work in your chosen field.
Most employers will support their employees in gaining extra qualifications. They might offer financial assistance or time off to study. Always ask the question before you enrol!
TAFE NSW is currently offering a selection of fee-free short courses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out more about upskilling with a free online course.
CONSIDER A CAREER SWITCH
On the other hand, maybe your current occupation is not one to which you have a strong attachment and you are ready to jump headfirst into a field that is on the rise.
- Child care occupations
- Construction trades
- Bakers and chefs
- Dentists, physiotherapists and podiatrists
- Registered nurses and midwives
If a career shift calls to you, the time to begin is NOW! However, if you are just starting out in the working world and are not especially drawn to a specific path, you have the advantage. Spend some time researching and find a career path that both interests you and will offer you job security long into the future.
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Your best resource lies in partnering with an employment expert who can assist you throughout the entire process. At On Line Recruitment people are our business. We’d love to help you along the path to the career of your dreams—whether it’s one in high demand or not. Get in touch today to learn more about our free services for jobseekers.