Perhaps the global financial crisis is the catalyst you need to get your career into peak performance.
The global financial crisis, the economic downturn, the recession, the depression – whatever you want to call it – does not necessarily mean doom and gloom for every employee. An economic downturn can actually translate into an advantage for many workers who find ways to recession-proof their careers.
So what can you do to stay in control of your career?
Even if you are working in an industry that appears to be going down the drain, thinking about your skills set from a different perspective might lead to similar but different work in another industry. Your communication/organisation/business/trade skills might apply to a field that has shortages so keep an eye on industries that are still going strong.
According to new research by the Clarius Group and Link Recruitment, chefs, hairdressers, builders and health professionals continue to be in demand despite the economic downturn. And the aged-care industry is one that has a big future as the population ages.
Tourism, hospitality, construction and community and health services are tipped to be popular training courses this year as many people make themselves work-ready, even if it’s not in the same industry they were in before the global financial crisis became a bigger household name than Brangelina.
CEO of the Australian Association of Graduate Employers, Ben Reeves, says employers know the conditions won’t last forever and that they need to cultivate tomorrow’s managers and skills.
So while times are tight, use your time wisely to shore up your employability and come out stronger on the other side.