Let’s face it. Things have drastically changed in our world. To be more specific, the way we earn a living is changing. It’s affecting everyone. And as we open up, a new kind of worker is emerging. Some for the better, some for the worse.
Statistics show that 70% of the workforce is actively looking for a change in career since 2020. Also, 65% of workers report feeling isolated in the workplace because the environment is hostile and/or unhelpful.
So what happened? Was it the pandemic?
I’d like to think this change has been brewing since the 2008 recession. Many people switched careers and moved into the tech space. 53% of college graduates use half or less of what they studied and 15% use none of it.
A New Kind of Worker
The pandemic knocked the lid off the pot, and now this change is overflowing. People from all walks are not only changing where they work, they’re changing how they work.
Employees report that the atmosphere in most companies and organizations has been tumultuous and down right stressful since the pandemic and people want empathetic employers.
This mostly applies to the tech space. Some tech employees work 10-12 hr shifts 6 days a week (adopted from Chinese tech companies). Not to mention freelancers and gig workers.
Most of them have multiple jobs and work around the clock. They’ve realized that working from home or at your own pace is more comforting and less stressful. It allows for greater work/life balance.
I think this change is what we need. For 2021 and beyond, fresh ideals are opening up and paving the way for new standards and procedures. People are now forced to embrace progressive technology.
And since 2020, more are taking certified courses to enhance their skill set. Just look at how many free courses are available.
2021 and Beyond
I recently asked a baby boomer, what advice would they give to the younger generations, a new kind of worker. And their response was:
“As we emerge from our shelters (cocoons) in 2021, transformed by the mass effects of Covid-19 virus, we will begin to notice the changes that have been developing this year and we will have to adjust accordingly.”
“For those of us seeking to prosper, we must focus on our natural talents and develop multiple skills to succeed in the age of Covid. Things have changed and not since the beginning of the 20th century has opportunity present itself in abundance.”
This is why I asked someone from an older generation. They have perspective. They go on to say…
“Just take a look around and witness the potential. Investing, entrepreneurship, self employment and freelancing are at the front of a lot people’s minds. The world of the internet is exploding with people staying home and finding ways to use it.”
To me, this is the reason for the change, and everyone is going through the pains. But that’s what growth is, right? And lastly they replied…
What This Means for You
For 2021 and beyond, it’s time to advance your position in society. It’s time to learn more about your past and redirect your thinking to fit the future.
If we’re discovering new ways to live longer, protect the environment, interact socially and govern these changes, opportunities we’ve never witnessed will continue to emerge.
Take advantage of this transition and develop a growth mindset. A fixed mindset during significant change often causes chaos.
But, out of chaos comes order. We must put ourselves in a position to succeed. We have to identify what makes order in our lives and go that way.
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What You Can Do
There are so many options available right now. The resources are out there and people are helping each other more than ever. The world is catching up to itself. Just look at the numbers and you’ll see that gap is closing. Don’t get left behind. If you have to, catch up! A new kind of worker is emerging.
I’ll end with this list of in-demand jobs for 2021 and beyond:
- E-commerce Worker
- Loan and Mortgage Experts
- Health Care Supporting Staff
- Business Development and Sales Professionals
- Experts in Workplace Diversity
- Digital Marketing Professionals
Here is the rest of the list Top 15 In-Demand Jobs in 2021
Stats courtesy of goremotely.net