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The Changing Definition of Work, Cause for Concern, How Will You Respond? July 15, 2015

Posted by utechalumni in Job Search Tips.
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insecurityjump-master675Sara Horowitz, executive director of the Freelancers Union, says it’s no longer clear who has relevant skills in the workplace. Credit Ángel Franco/The New York Times



In his New York Times article “Growth in the ‘Gig Economy Fuels Workforce Anxieties” 12th July, 2015,  Noam Scheiber, discusses a number of relevant themes with regard to the changing nature of how ‘work’ is being defined. [See below] Sadly we in Jamaica (perhaps the wider Caribbean) don’t seem to have collated our own data to capture what is happening to us here. SOMETHING is happening. That SOMETHING is not good.

We professionals at all stages of the work cycle, regardless of age [and especially since financially, most 60/65 year olds will not be able to…afford..to retire] need to be researching and being proactive in managing our careers in light of the job/employment trends locally and globally.


Do you need additional income to attain financial health?

Will your/has your current education pay/paid for itself?

To what extent can your current qualifications + work experience meet your monthly expenses (short-term) and finance your main goals (longer term)?

How transferable are your qualifications and work experience to the international scene. Could it help you survive and grow in another country?

How does what you do daily as ‘work’ prepare you to confidently seek a higher paying job with greater responsibility within your organization or with another company?

Do you have a marketable skill that could feed you and your family if you lost your job, or needed to boost your current income?

Do you have a profession?

What is the occupational outlook for your current profession?

Do consider discussing the need to monitor employment trends and employ effective career management strategies with family, friends, colleagues and with the young(er) persons in your network.

May I encourage you to….know what is going on around you, change whatever you need to change to meet the real demands of the times we now live in.

Ignorance, indecision, procrastination and lack of creativity and courage will cost you and your family. However, preparation on your part will restore your confidence and resilience.

Begin today by asking and answering truthfully this question “What is the most important thing I need to do about my career and income today? #TakeNote. #TakeAction #Today #InvestInYourSuccesss

Click to Read Article: Growth in the ‘Gig Economy’ Fuels Workforce Anxieties

Wishing us well!

Cheryll Messam, CPC, ELI-MP
Certified Professional Life & Corporate Coach
Alumni Relations Manager
University of Technology, Jamaica



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