Whether you blame robots, artificial intelligence, or automation more broadly, the proactive professional needs to plan for a successful career in a future without jobs . It is not enough to know how to navigate a company hierarchy because that company may completely restructure. It is not enough to understand how to find another job because it might make more sense to freelance or launch a business. It is not enough to develop deep expertise in any one industry because your industry might be disrupted beyond recognition (my two main industries, financial services and media, look nothing like they did when my career started 25 years ago!). In a future without jobs you have to be far more self-reliant and prepared to constantly drum up your own opportunities. Here are three ways to build a successful career in a future without jobs:
Become a money manager
I don’t mean enter the wealth management business specifically, since you don’t have to be in financial services to be in money management these days. Anyone who relies on their career to make a living needs to manage their earnings for the long haul. People are living longer -- if your peak career earnings occur in your 40’s or 50’s, you can have 30 or 40 more years after that where you still need to support yourself. Traditional, defined benefit retirement plans are going away, so you’re your own pension manager now. You must be prepared to earn money, manage your everyday budget so you put some aside, invest it to build a large enough nest egg for when your earnings inevitably wane or cease entirely, and then draw it down in such a way that you don’t run out of money. Mind your salary requirements and refine those negotiation skills – you’re not just building a career; you’re building an annuity that needs to support you for decades. In a future without jobs, you are a money manager in addition to whatever other roles you hold.
Build a brand, not a resume
Just like everyone will need to know money management, today’s professional will need to know marketing and branding. You can’t just hire a resume writer, even a good one, and think you’ll be competitive....Continued reading at Forbes Leadership:
Originally published on June 26, 2017 by SpeakerMatch Speakers Bureau