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The changing world of work

The type of work people do and how they do it is constantly changing. New opportunities are opening up and new directions are possible for everyone to consider.

Previously, it has been common for people to have one job and sometimes even the same employer for life. Today, most of us can expect to have a range of different jobs in our lifetime.

This means flexible working arrangements, and increased variety in our lives, try not to think about getting a job for life but more about exploring the variety of work options.

What do all these changes mean?

It is becoming increasingly important to be able to manage your own career in this changing world of work. There is a movement away from a career ‘for life’ to a range of roles you will probably have throughout your lifetime.

Employability skills

You need to be adaptable to these changes so that you remain competitive in the job market. Employability skills which you should have in order to retain employment and progress in the world of work are:

  • communication;
  • problem solving;
  • technology;
  • teamwork;
  • self-management;
  • honesty;
  • enthusiasm;
  • adaptability; and
  • openness to new ideas.

Some things to remember when job searching

 
  • The more skills you have, the more employable you are. Have the confidence to express how valuable your skills are to potential employers.
  • The secret to remaining in the workforce is to be multi-skilled and to be able to transfer skills from one area of your life and work to another. Continue to learn new skills and keep your employer notified.
  • The way we seek work has changed. Many jobs are advertised on the internet or through employment and recruitment agencies rather than traditional use of newspapers. What can be even more effective is word of mouth and cold canvassing.
  • To find work, we have to be pro-active and make it happen. We must chase up contacts and create opportunities for ourselves. However, it takes a fair amount of self-confidence to approach an employer. But how will you know if they will give you a chance if you don’t ask? Stay positive and remain calm.
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