Think You Have Your Career All Figured Out? Think Again


As you’re probably aware, the industry you’re currently working in could be at risk due to the future of technology.

These technological advancements will change job descriptions and roles in the workplace, and some positions may become obsolete. However, nothing will happen overnight. According to research, 47% of U.S. employment and professions are at risk. You can go to this website and enter your current or anticipated profession and see what the risks are and what the future growth will be.

In my many years as a career transitions coach, I’ve assisted thousands of multi-level and multi-functional professionals in pushing through the emotional roller coaster of job searching. I’ve lived through a generation of corporate co-dependence, many believing that if they are reliable and do a good job, they’ll have a job forever. Automation, artificial intelligence, robotics, and advancements in software are changing this co-dependent relationship as companies streamline to maintain market share and profits, forcing many individuals out of their comfort zone and into the world of the unknown, asking themselves, “What should I do now?”

Here’s what to do if your profession is at risk:

1. Develop complementary skills. For example, if you are in a role that minimizes the use of your interpersonal and communication skills, volunteer for an assignment that enables you to develop them.

2. Learn skills that are low-risk. Take note of the skills needed for the professions at low risk for being replaced by artificial intelligence (AI) and automation (more on that below). If possible, learn those skills and demonstrate the value you will provide in using them. Getting hired isn’t just about a certification or degree — showing how you apply your skills and expertise and how they impact an employer or customer is what’s most important in helping you stand out.

3. Consider creative-based roles. Take into account those professions that require a creative or big-picture focus and interplay with ideas, concepts, words, images and social intelligence, as the skills utilized within these professions will be around for many years.

4. Work for yourself. Consider working as an independent contractor, as long as what you do solves current-day issues for specific audiences