Wouldn’t it be great if we all had a crystal ball that could predict the future? It would help you make all the right decisions for yourself personally and professionally. But let’s face it. There is no way to predict the future 100%, so when it comes to your career, you’ll have to do some work to future proof your career with new skills.
Investigate the Future of Your Career Path
One thing you can do to future proof your career is to do some research. What does the future of the industry you’re involved in look like? The 2020 World Economic Forum predicts that robotics and automation will replace human beings at a rate of 85 million jobs globally in the following five years. They found that by 2025, the top skills that will be needed will be “analytical thinking, creativity and flexibility.” The top professions are predicted to be related to IT careers including “data and artificial intelligence, content creation and cloud computing.”
This means that if you’re in a career that will be declining in the next five years due to automation, then now is the time to start training for a new career. The Future of Jobs Report 2020 is a great resource to use when you’re looking for ideas for a career that will remain viable moving forward or if you’re looking for ways to learn new skills to add to an already impressive resumé.
Another great resource for research is the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook. This online resource will give you data about the growth of potential careers during the next decade, the average pay of your chosen career, and the type of training you will need to successfully pursue a new role.
Stay Up-to-date with Technology
One of the best things you can do to future proof your career is to adopt a “change is inevitable” attitude. Changes in the job force are inevitable. Think about it: we rarely need a blacksmith today, bowling pin setters are a think of the past, and no one is working as a video clerk renting out VHS tapes anymore! If one thing is true about the future, it’s that technology will continue to move into more and more industries, so that means that if you aren’t comfortable with technology, it’s time to get educated!
Because of the changes in technology, many people will find that their jobs are changing or being eliminated. However, careers related to the technological changes in the future are supposed to create more jobs than the number of jobs that are lost. That’s great news as long as you are willing to be flexible, embrace the change, and seek new training to add to your current skillset or move forward toward new opportunities in line with the future of work.
Develop New Skills Aligned with the Future
Something as simple as becoming a Microsoft Office Specialist can demonstrate a willingness to grow and learn as the times change. If you’re interested in moving forward as a business leader, a certificate in Digital Marketing or Project Management can prove that you’re willing to work toward new, modern skills and opportunities. If you’re already a business manager, a certificate in Business Management and Leadership or Business Law can add new skills to your resume, adding impressive flexibility of being willing to learn and grow.
If you’re looking for a new future proof pathway, you can learn Programming Languages, Software Development, or Database Management in a matter of 8 months or fewer. If you’ve got the time and are interested in a secure career as a Full-Stack Developer, you can be trained in 12 months or fewer.
Change is important and exciting! If you’re wanting to future proof your career, you can do it by following a path that works best for you!
Washington Technical Institute
Washington Technical Institute’s fully online certificates can be completed in a matter of months, with daily or bi-weekly start dates. Such flexible start dates make these programs unique and much more accessible for our students. An additional benefit of WTI’s programs is that we offer affordable pricing and monthly payments to help our students leave school without debt.
Although our goal is to help our students graduate their programs with little to no debt, we also recognize that some students might need to utilize a loan for their educational investment. We are excited to announce our partnerships with Climb Credit or Ascent, student lending companies focused on financing career-building programs.
If you’re ready to enroll and start your training to enter a high-paying career without adding a four year or two year college degree, you can register for your program online through our website. Still have questions about our programs? Feel free to call us at 800-371-5581 or text us at 952-465-3702. Our admissions specialists will be happy answer whatever questions you have.