A Job For Life?

A Job for life?

A job for life?  It’s a thing of the past …

The world is changing at a million miles an hour and that includes the traditional workplace.  Back in the day, our parents and grandparents were told that they had ‘a job for life’ but now the headlines are full of tales of redundancy, zero hours’ contracts and industries that once employed the masses and are now just fizzling out.

One such example, in the UK, is the Kellingley coal pit in North Yorkshire.  The miners will leave with just 12 weeks’ severance pay after some have dedicated more than 40 years of their lives to the industry.

Many of the men are in their fifties and have described the experience as being ‘thrown on the industrial scrapheap’.  They have no idea what they will do or how they will begin to replace their pay packet.  Incredibly, there are still thirty million tonnes of untouched coal but it will all be sealed with concrete.  Why? Because it’s cheaper to import the coal into the UK than use British men to mine for it.

The point is that this isn’t just happening in the mining industry and it’s happening all over the world.

The question now is, are you going to give up thirty or forty years of your life then risk being thrown onto the scrapheap?

A job for life?  Take control of your future

However good you are at your job, no one is safe from losing that job.

It can happen in the blink of an eye and everything you thought was safe can come crashing down.  Ask yourself how long would you survive with a mortgage and bills to pay before the demands for money start coming through the mail.  It’s not a nice thought but most people don’t do anything to protect themselves from financial disaster.

Disruption businesses are changing the face of how we work now and how we will generate an income in the future.  These disruptive businesses can literally change existing business models overnight, a bit like the sea washing away that perfect sand sculpture on the beach.

Examples are: –

  • Uber – which is changing the face of the traditional taxi company.  They don’t own cars they use other people’s.
  • Air BNB – which is changing the face of the hotel industry.  They don’t own any hotels, they just use other people’s rooms.

This could happen to the business sector you work in.  It’s there one minute and gone the next.  None of us know what’s round the corner, that’s just life, but we can protect ourselves from an uncertain future by not relying on anyone else to give you your income.

After all, you can’t sack yourself or make yourself redundant!

Life Hack Tip of the Day: A job for life?  =  Improve your skills’ set

You are never too old to improve your skills’ set.

If you can’t type or use the internet as well as you’d like to, sign up for a course or get someone to show you.  If you’ve never used Facebook or Twitter get a younger member or neighbour to show you because this is how most people talk to each other.  YouTube is another fantastic resource and I’ve dug myself out of many problems by watching a video about anything from how to use the carpet cleaner I rented to how to make a clickable banner on my website.

Trading skills is also a great way of getting what you need.  What I found when I became a part of the The Super Affiliate Network is that there are so many people, with masses of different skills that they are, more importantly, willing to share with YOU.  I’ve learnt lots of tricks and tips on website creation, building lists, using software tools, useful websites I’d never heard of, how to create video content etc.  The list is endless but that is how we learn, from sharing with one another.

There is always a way through, just make it possible because if you don’t keep up, you will be left behind.  People who are successful and survive ‘disruption’ are those that move with the times and enjoy the learning process.

I wish you every success for your digital future and I look forward to helping you acquire new skills in the future!

Rachel A Hill LLB [Hons]

Digital Entrepreneur, Lawyer, Private Tutor and Author


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