I took a call from a KMOV-TV staffer on Thursday, requesting help for a story about secure jobs and careers.
Even though I didn’t think he’d like my response, I stated my opinion: Secure jobs and careers are near extinction.
Even setting aside the recent implosion of national financial icons, InBev’s purchase of venerable Anheuser-Busch here in St. Louis makes the point.
Some fields associated with necessities like food, education, and health care will always employ people, but these fields themselves are in the midst of unprecedented change. Just look at how health and medical care are delivered and paid for.
“Job security”–to the extent that it’s possible–comes from:
- what you know
- what you know how to do
- your ability to communicate that clearly to others
- knowing how you manage your job search and career, and
- maintaining relationships of productivity and good will with others
The question about what jobs and careers are secure is better asked, “How can I ensure my employability in any economic cycle?” Addressing the five items above will reduce your reliance on any single job or employer for “job security.”