Changes That Affect Your Career Change

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The world of work has changed dramatically over the last twenty years. Anyone who is 40+ has seen business and employment practices revolutionized, with advantages and disadvantages innate in every major change. People in their 50s and 60s have also witnessed the entire evolution of the information age and the integration of digital technology into every aspect of our lives.


<ul><li> 1. Changes That Affect YourCareer Change</li></ul> <p> 2. The world of work has changed dramatically over the lasttwenty years. Anyone who is 40+ has seen business andemployment practices revolutionized, with advantages anddisadvantages innate in every major change. People in their50s and 60s have also witnessed the entire evolution of theinformation age and the integration of digital technology intoevery aspect of our lives.Some of the changes in the area of employment have been massive. Old jobs have disappeared, newones have appeared and many have morphed into something quite different, but this has been goingon throughout history. A century ago, as the first cars rolled off the production line, horses requiredfor transport were far less in demand and so blacksmiths were out of work. Then new jobs appearedbecause mechanics and car salesmen were suddenly in demand. Now independent mechanics areunder threat because of the high level of technology in new cars.When computers landed on office desks many clerical tasks could be performed by one person and asoftware package. However someone had to create that software package, someone had to sell thecomputers, and others had to install the systems and keep the computers working, so as one form ofemployment was reduced or disappeared new ones came along.Good schools and teachers are preparing children for jobs which are still not part of our vocabularyor thoughts, but they will be by the time those children are working. Who had heard of a social mediamanager or a data miner 10 years ago? What jobs will be commonplace in 10 years time but don'texist yet?If you are going to make a career change you need to know about the changesand understand the strategies that are successful in the contemporaryworkplace. 3. Job search strategies have changedTechnology has also impacted on the way that people can find work. If you are seriousabout changing your career, you need to understand the contemporary ways of findingwork and being employed.Job applications have changed in many ways. We live in a world where successfulproducts are marketed very cleverly, and products that arent marketed well are notsuccessful regardless of their excellence. Similarly dated unprofessional applicationsare just not adequate in a pool of well-prepared self-marketing rsums, no matter howskilled or experienced you are.Privacy rules have affected the content of rsums as well. It is hard to accept thatin the 1950swhen Elvis Presley was scandalising parents and Mick Jagger waslearning was still expected that personal information such as height, weight,age and marital status would be included in your job applications. It was an era when afemale employee who became pregnant could be dismissed. Imagine the potentialdiscrimination cases which could arise if employers asked those sorts of questions ortook that action today!Of course some of the requirements of the past are still relevant today.Accurate spelling and grammar and good presentation are essentialand carry the same weight today as ever before, especially given theease of creating a rsum on computer rather than by hand. But inmany other ways applying for a job has changed as dramatically as thetype and nature of jobs themselves. 4. Written references are now rare. Once they were essential when applying for ajob. Your good character, work ethic and perhaps employment history weredetailed in a written reference and made available to your prospectiveemployer. But that was before privacy laws and legal action loomed large inour lives. People are reluctant to write a reference in case the person theyrecommend lets the company down in some way. The days of those I haveknown Joe Smith for several years and hes a wonderful person referencesare all but gone.A new breed of employee has also emerged over the last ten years the virtualworkforce. Now anyone with the right skills and experience, coupled with acomputer and internet skills, can find virtual employment online and work inthe comfort of their home. 5. Self-employment has also changedAs a direct result of technology the entrepreneurial 'laptop lifestyle' trend is enticing aspeople recognize that they could genuinely be their own boss creating a business,online or offline, using technology to enable the business to exist and potentially makeserious money. More and more employees are joining these ranks and are findingfreedom that their traditional job cannot offer.Although the basics of business remain the same, the way of marketing, finding clientsand communicating with other business people is a world away from the commonstrategies of the past. The skills involved in starting and running a businessonlinemarketing, finding customers, communicating with customers, raising your profile,building your business brand, recognising changing demand that you aretechnologically savvy (or prepared to pay someone who is) and that you are preparedto learn, evolve and adapt as necessary. Technology has made home based businessescommonplace and given freedom to many to create a successful and fulfillingbusiness, but you do need to go into it knowing that you will need to learn new skillsand keep up to date. Don't let that put you off. It is fascinating learning the new waysof doing things. 6. Career change can be daunting to anyone, butparticularly to an older person. The mediaconstantly tells you that older workers faceage discrimination, and we do live in an erawhich values appearance oversubstance. However you have skills andexperience that are valuable and if you arewilling to adapt to the changing world ofwork you will find great opportunities in storefor you.Embrace the changes and don't spend the rest of your working life doingwork that you don't enjoy or not doing work that would make your heart sing. </p>