Your Future…

As you get closer to graduation, you are likely to experience anxiety about what the future holds. This has always been the case of course, going from high school to college hasn’t been much of a dilemma for people who are able to, and can afford to…

Many, perhaps most ‘good jobs’ need a degree for you even to be considered at all. This is gradually changing, partly due to the successes of famous drop outs such as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg…

But these people all had one thing in common, they were starting their own companies. If someone wants to pay you for a product or service, then they look at what they are going to get, not who is going to provide it. If you can clearly show people that your product or service is valuable to them, then even a high school diploma is not necessary.

Conceptual image of a businessman holding big hammer

There are no jobs for life any more, the corporate grind can be avoided

Most people don’t ‘outgrow’ university while they are there however…

For the vast majority of jobs, and for most people, credentials and qualifications matter. In a tight jobs market, how else can an employer or recruiter differentiate between the dozens, hundreds or even thousands of resumes that they have in front of them?

So, to differentiate yourself, having good qualifications is one of the best ways. This is especially the case for young people under the age of 30, particularly 25. Politics and economics aside, you have to be practical and pragmatic about what to do in a highly competitive jobs market.

Another aspect is cost. At 18 do you stay on until 21? At 21 is a PHD a good idea? If you are affluent and money isn’t a problem then follow your heart. If you want to buy a house or start a family, you need to be really sure that the extra 3-7 years is a good bet.

Serial Career Success…

Realize that people on average only stay in a job for less than 5 years, and are likely to multiple careers in their lifetime. The more normal path for the future is more likely to involve lifelong education. It is likely that you will need to re-train on a part time or full time basis at different times in your life.

The smartest people will have sideline internet businesses, or second jobs as consultants or freelancers, the best, brightest (or luckiest) ones will see that these sidelines overtake their day jobs.

The employees of the future will also be educating themselves online through e-courses or mini degrees. All over the world, students have the choice between academic qualifications that are often a miss-match with real jobs, and work specific qualifications.  These extra curricular activities will help you stand out from your competition, identifying you as the type of person who goes the extra mile, and can help a company grow, be it yours or someone elses!