The world of work is rapidly changing. Many of us will need to work longer, with less job security and adapt to new ways of working?
The 4 Reasons to Future Proof Your Life
1) Working Longer We’re living longer and retiring later than previous generations. If your current lifestyle is detrimental to a healthy life, it’s time to make changes so that you’re productive and active into your senior years. To be able to work longer and live well you need to manage stress levels, keep fit and active, take care of relationships and look after your overall physical, spiritual and emotional health. If your job isn’t conducive to taking adequate care of your overall wellbeing, then it’s time to review things and plan some changes.
2) No jobs for life Gone are the days of jobs for life and a company pension at the end of it. Re-organisation and re-structure are the norm. Don’t get stuck in a rut and become obsolete. We must take responsibility for our own future, keep up to date, develop our skills and find a way of having the work/life balance that’s right for us. Increasingly people have successive careers, develop portfolio careers with a variety of activities, and take breaks for study, retraining or travel. Regularly challenge and stretch yourself, develop a growth mindset, learn something new.
3) Changing nature of work Your job will probably change. The gig economy is expanding, moving traditional full time employment towards technology-enabled ‘gigging’ for several companies at any one time and providing short-term freelance contracts rather than permanent jobs. Artificial Intelligence, robotics, 3-D printing and other developments will transform business and industry in the years to come. Automation is not a new thing (think of weaving looms, factory production, computers, ATM’s, etc.), and it will create new opportunities for employment. The good news is that some jobs involving empathy or social interaction such as doctors, therapists, and personal trainers will continue to be better performed by humans.
4) Low Engagement According to Hay Group’s What’s My Motivation? report, only 15% of UK workers consider themselves ‘highly motivated’, with 24% admitting to ‘coasting’ and 8% being ‘completely demotivated’. You’re probably going to have to work for many more years and if you feeling demotivated by your job, surely, it’s time to stop contemplating making changes and finally act, do something that you enjoy and find engaging for the rest of your career.
The message is clear, you need to future proof yourself, prioritise taking care of your health and well-being, work on self-development, keep up to date with trends and technology and find work you truly enjoy doing.
If you think life’s too short to stick with a job you’re not enjoying, maybe you’re finding your work life is negatively affecting your health, wellbeing and family life or you’re searching for work that will provide the lifestyle and security you desire, consider working with me to work out how you can do this in a responsible and practical way.