What Are You Doing To Stay Sharp?

We all know the recession is over, right? The media announced that some weeks ago. But we also know this is like no other recession in most of our lifetimes – in fact, the job landscape may never return to the way it was. The days of starting with one company and retiring from that same company are pretty much gone.

If we believe that the recovery will be slow and lasting much longer than in the past (and we do), then the short term looks a lot like contract and temp work. Many people are looking at these types of employment, hoping they will lead to full time work. Others are re-tooling in a different way.

I’ve heard many talk of the renewable energy sector as the holy grail for new jobs, and it may indeed create new careers. Some are trying to learn as much as they can about the industry (solar, wind, biomass, etc.) and transfer their skills from other industries. Still others are taking this time to learn entirely new skills.

I have a friend who retired a few years ago from a major tech company. He has a PhD. in Engineering. He is now in a program at UC Berkeley learning a totally new discipline and is looking to share his new learnings with others in a paid or volunteer capacity.

Still others are starting side businesses – many as infopreneurs – learning how to use social media for their new businesses. Learning these skills will most likely help them in whatever new jobs or careers they find when the recovery takes hold.

Here’s an example of one such individual from the WSJ’s blog, Laid Off and Looking.

What are you doing to learn new skills, keep the ones you have sharp and apply them?

JP Headshot1JP McDermott is a financial services and insurance advisor in Walnut Creek, CA. He is also a career and financial coach, has been volunteering his time and experience to various non-profit, service and civic organizations, most recently helping those in transition. His philosophy is to help others be more successful and to enjoy the benefits of meeting new people.

JP lives in Danville with his wife Candy.

Check out his LinkedIn profile http://www.linkedin.com/in/jpmcdermott


One Response to What Are You Doing To Stay Sharp?

  1. Jon Rairigh says:

    The concept of adapting current skills to new, future-looking industries and careers is exactly why I created the presentation “Change at 30 Knots” which I presented at CPC Job Connections in October.

    Expanding the concept slightly, people who had been in careers that have been oursourced or automated, for example IT or Call Centers, need to take those skills and, realizing that job content and methodologies are evolving at a rapid pace, embrace the new technologies in an industry or concept that is directed toward the future. Those ideas and industries–and associated jobs–will have a much better chance of longevity.

    The last part of the presentation included Branistormed Ideas for new directions. Please let me know if you are interested in more information.

    Jon Rairigh


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