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Don't Let Your Job Disappear

Lately it seems like we can't get through the day without hearing about disappearing jobs.  With jobs being lost to outsourcing overseas and automation, it makes you wonder what jobs will be left?  The good news is that there are some jobs that can only be done effectively by human beings that are physically present.  The key is to find which skills are required for those types of jobs so that you can position yourself as a competitive candidate.  Here are a few skills that will always be in demand. 

Interpersonal Skills.  Jobs that require the ability to make connections and build relationships can never be automated or outsourced.  There is no replacement for being able to engage face-to-face with people.  If you can develop strong interpersonal skills, it will be a strong asset for many different types of jobs.

Creativity.  This is one of the few skills computers will never be able to do as well as people can.  Creativity makes use of our passion, experience, and many other components that are uniquely human.  Find opportunties to use your creativity at work and don't be afraid to stand out. 

Problem Solving.  This is and always will be one of the most important skills for virtually every job.  There are processes in place but almost every day, something doesn't go as planned.  When that happens, you need to have someone who is able to take charge.  If you can effectively demonstate that you have strong problem solving skills, you will always be able to find a job. 

Skilled Trades.  No matter how much the world changes, sinks will always get clogged and cars will always break down and there will always be a job for the people who can fix them.  Due to the nature of the work, it is not something that can be easily and consistently done with a machine.  If you get certified in a skilled trade you shouldn't have a problem finding work. 

Social Work.  Even the most sophisticated computer cannot take care of a child.  Any caregiving occupation requires a physical presence.  If you are warm and compassionate when you are working with vulnerable people, our world will always need your skills.

To be successful over the course of your career, you need to be adaptable.  You have to be able to change what you do to fit the current labour market needs.  The key is to try to have fun with it; if you can embrace reinventing yourself and trying new things, it is far more likely that you will be successful.  

(Written by Karen Bivand, Image Courtesy of Renjith Krishnan at