By Jean-Marc La Flamme
Hey mountain lovers, what a ski season!? Epic bliss. You made some coin, shred the gnar but now the hangover will set in for the painful shoulder season. Can you feel it? Sick of your job(s)? Even worse you have no job? Why not get a new gig!? Or maybe you’ve got a business idea … or want one?
Five signs it’s time for a new job: It might be time for a career change if
- You are not learning
- You are under performing
- You feel undervalued
- You are just doing it for the money
- You hate your boss
OK budding entrepreneur why do this?
The world around us is changing and most of it has evolved with the pace of the information age. You want it right here, right now: Efficient delivery of personalized products & service ordered online, social media for customized news from your friends, or on demand car sharing instead of owning a car.
Companies like Uber, Airbnb and other sharing economy organizations are adapting to our needs as human beings infused with technology that changes as quick as the weather and our finances. And in sync with this our jobs are changing…
Do you fight or adapt? There won’t be an “Uber for everything,” or an “Airbnb for everything,” but there will be a disruptive model for everything. Let’s create that culture of innovation together and build new opportunities as a community. If you have a business idea, we will list the resources you need at the end of this post, if not lets chat about getting your next gig.
Here are the top growing and declining job markets. Anyone can learn so pick your next opportunity based on the skills you have or desire.
By 2020 the freelance or “gig” economy — where jobs are done by part-timers and contractors will grow to 50 per cent of the workforce!
To thrive in the new economy, organizations must be able to expand, contract and pivot quickly and often.
Another factor driving the demand for flexibility is the changing demographics of the workplace: specifically more Millennials and older workers. Many Millennials want jobs that let them work when, and how much, they wish and many boomers hope to find more flexibility as they downshift into semi-retirement.
Once the domain of lower-level workers, contingent workers are now found in every field imaginable. It is no longer unusual for a company to hire highly skilled knowledge workers — scientists, writers, engineers, etc. — on a project or freelance basis.
“Workplace flexibility isn’t about accommodating your employees, it’s a do-or-die competitive strategy as more and more workers consider themselves free agents,”
Here are some tips to prepare for the freelance environment;
- Monitor the freelance job boards. By keeping an eye on the listings, you’ll get a sense of the skills and job experiences that are most in-demand in the free agent marketplace. Then, you can work on getting the skills you need and opportunities you want.
- Increase your in-person networking activities. Most independent contractors find their best assignments through networking. So while you’re still employed, take advantage of the opportunity to fortify and expand your network of contacts by ramping up your networking activities.
- Take advantage of free online training. The more updated your education and relevant your skills, the more prepared, marketable and attractive you’ll be as a freelancer.
- Polish your teamwork and project management skills. Companies are rapidly moving away from being top-down hierarchical organizations and towards a team-based orientation. The report said “in some ways, businesses are becoming more like Hollywood movie production teams and less like traditional corporations, with people coming together to tackle projects, then disbanding and moving on to new assignments once the project is complete.”
As a result, firms are increasingly interested in hiring freelancers who can demonstrate that they have strong teamwork and project management skills. So whenever possible, volunteer at your current job to take on projects that will help strengthen your resumé in these two key skill areas.
Top 10 Industries for Freelancers
- Computer and IT
- Accounting and finance
- Customer service
- Software development
- Medical and health
- Project management
- Research analyst
- Education and training
Resources for budding entrepreneurs
- Have what it takes to build your own business? Take this test.
- The Government of Canada resources
- Your starting point in BC!