If you are considering a career change, The Bureau of Labor Statistics just released employment projections for the 10 year period 2006-2016. This report may help you decide where and where not to devote your job search efforts.
The report projects the fastest growing occupations over the next 10 years. They estimate service-providing sector jobs will see the largest growth employing 75% of all workers in 2016.
Network systems and Data Communications Analysts top the list with Personal and Home Care Aides, Home Health Aides, Computer Software Application Engineers, and Veterinary Technicians rounding out the top five fastest growing occupations. The report also bodes well for those in financial and employment services; medical care, as well as printing, and motor vehicle parts manufacturing.
Not surprisingly they cite aging and retiring baby boomers as a big influence on the growth and decline of certain professions. This is for two reasons, first being that they will be retiring and leaving vacancies; second as they age there will be a greater demand for services such as home health care.
Topping the list of professions expected to see the largest employment decline are stock clerk and order fillers. I wonder what this means for retail businesses? Other notable professions in the list of the top 30 declining professions are Farmers & Ranchers, Sewing Machine Operators, and the profession that couldn’t decline fast enough Telemarketers.
Are you rushing through life missing out on the real moments? How much time do you spend contemplating problems which never even happen? Most of us create an unnecessary amount of stress in our lives by spending more time rehashing the past or trying to control the future, then we do in the present moment.
In “Choosing Happiness” Alexandra Stoddard writes “The past is dead gone forever, only to be retrieved in memories, films, scrapbooks, and memorabilia. The past, whether good or bad, Is not where we should water our seeds of consciousness, because doing so drains our energy from what is alive to us and around us now. Dwelling on the past inhibits our ability to move forward and take action to inspire our well-being. However we perceive the past, whether in a positive or negative light, concentrating on it makes us unhappier in the present.” (more…)
In Work Like You’re Showing Off! Joe Calloway uses the surge in popularity of high-stakes poker as a metaphor for going all-in with our lives and careers, much like a poker player would. It is about bringing your best to every situation.
He recounts a sermon his pastor recently gave about “Going All In”. “In poker when you go all in, you are putting it all on the line, every last chip goes into the pot. It is the most intense and exciting time of the game.”<!–more–/>
The author asks whether he has gone all in with what he feels is important in his life. The topics he considers are the same that most of us would consider.
We can use the same metaphor and questions for our own lives. We can instantly get a clear picture our committment level in multiple areas of our life.
Try some of the questions he considers in the book.
Have I gone all in with my work? What I consider to be the most important parts of my work?
Am I all in with my relationships?
Am I all in with my dreams and goals?
“Have I put every chip in the pot in terms of my family? faith? community? friends? Am I all in?”
My take is that in some areas of life one is “all in” and not so much in other areas. This brings a whole slew of other questions.
What do you want to do about the things where you’re not “all in”?
Can you get to that level of committment, or do you want to drop it?
What about the next job, committee, volunteer opportunity, relationship, that comes your way?
Will you be “all in”? If not, do you really want to be in at all?
Randy Pausch a professor at Carnegie Mellon University diagnosed with liver cancer with a prognosis of only months to live, gave his final lecture on September 18th, 2007. “Living Your Childhood Dreams” on September 18th of this year. He allowed it to be streamed, it has since been watched over 1 million times.
The video streams from Google and It is almost 2 hours in length. If you don’t want to watch it all at one time, you can use the You Tube version further down as it is broken up into segments.
I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.
“You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do.” Henry Ford
A frequent comment I often hear from is that people feel they are performing below their potential in their business or career. I used to think they were being perfectionists, after all we are always our own harshest critic.
As I dig a little deeper, it seems to be something else. They know what they want to do, the action to take that would advance them in the direction they want to go. For some reason they do not take that action, they are seemingly resistant to taking it.
It is these actions, that can make the difference between being average or extraordinary at what we do. (more…)
Many people I speak with feel like they are stuck or in some kind of career rut. They may be in the wrong career, the wrong job, or just not have the opportunity to contribute the best parts of themselves.
You know that feeling we get when you are really connected to what you are doing, it is an experience like very few others. It is a hard feeling to describe, yes it feels good, almost like an energy surge inside of one’s self. Not only are you enjoying what it is you are doing, it also feels right; not in the sense of right or wrong, but right for “me”. (more…)