New World of Work

In the past, people expected that they will get one job and stay there for their entire work life. Others expected that their employers will always take care of them. The world of work has changed in many ways, including the following:

The Job Market

  1. More jobs require a degree or training beyond high school.
  2. People don't keep their jobs for a lifetime anymore, so everyone needs to keep their job search skills sharp.
  3. Job seekers compete for jobs with people all over the world, and sometimes employers move to another country.

Relationship Between Employers and Employees

  1. Employees tend to change jobs every few years. Each move offers more skills and opportunities.
  2. Layoffs are more common. Workers see employers as customers. Full time employees act as contractors. Part-time positions are more common.

Employment Realities

  1. Workers have many jobs in many occupations throughout their lifetime.
  2. Workers create their own career paths with one or many employers. They might have more say in their own pay raises or change in duties.
  3. Job duties change more often or match projects. Employers often want workers who think for themselves.
  4. More jobs are in the service or knowledge industries. Workers might need to be creative. Some need to provide good customer service. Many also need technical skills.
  5. Employees might work full time or part time. They might be short-term or contract workers. They may work for more than one company at once.
  6. Employees need to work hard and take charge of their own career goals. 

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