Does Your Career Have a Continuity Plan?

February 23, 2012

What would you do tomorrow if your career or industry suddenly bit the dust? It happens every day, when an industry comes up with a new development that causes your job to become obsolete. Consider the addition of robotics to most US factories, the advent of automated switchboards, and the beginning of the end for typesetters once the personal computer and Word processing software came along. While not all careers have an actual expiration date, some become harder to manage because job openings and opportunities become few and far between.

Now is the best time to start considering how you will continue to use your talents to have a viable life-long career, as retirement is looking farther away for many employees in the younger generations. The truth is, many people do not realize until it’s too late that their career is about to fade like yesterday’s news. Here are some ways to start developing a career continuity plan.

Discover your talents. Before you start tearing into your resume, or trying to reinvent yourself – take the time to find out what you are truly passionate about. This can range from your personal interests to the social topics you are hyped about. Chances are, you may be working in a job that only includes a small portion of these talents. Your talents are what will help you rise above and come up with a plan-B that closely resembles your true abilities.

Give yourself a test. Remember those personality and aptitude tests you took back in high school? Well, fortunately you don’t have to be a guidance counselor to decipher them anymore. Take the time to take a few free personality tests online to find out what you are best suited for in  terms of a career. You may be surprised to find a career type that you have never tried before.

Make education number one. Once you have uncovered your hidden talents, passion, and career aptitude, it’s time to add education to the mix. Take online classes or attend some local community classes in your chosen area of interests and talents. Today’s hiring managers and potential freelance clients are more impressed with your individual knowledge base more than anything. Ongoing learning is at the heart of your career continuity and ongoing success.

Develop a communication style. What’s the difference between someone who is perceived as successful and confident vs. someone who is lacking in these areas? Communication. If you are a great speaker, you will automatically be looked at as a leader in whatever industry or career you take on. Learn how to be the best communicator you can be, and you will have long-term career continuity.

Ready to give your career a long happy life? Take advantage of all the opportunities in front of you by developing your communication skills at Dale Carnegie this year.

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