Another key distinction between good jobs and dead-end ones is that good jobs aren’t jobs that just anyone can just walk into and hand in an application. No, almost all good jobs require a professional degree or specialized training, which could be anything from a college degree, a license, a certification or even a short training course.
In the past employers used to cover training for what we’ve defined as Good Jobs, but over the past few decades, we’ve seen a drastic decline in employers that are willing to invest in the training of new employees, which means that if you don’t have a degree or specialized training, you’ll need to get one on your own.
As I’m sure you know, there is an infinite number of different types of degrees and training that you could pursue, so how do you know which one you should choose?
Choosing what kind of degree to pursue can be a daunting task… but the good news is that not all good jobs require a degree. In fact, there are plenty of good jobs that you can get by going through a short skills certification course, which can be as short as just a few weeks long.
You just want to make sure that whatever you get certified or trained in is useful to at least one of the five industries that contain 92% of all good jobs.
Those categories are:
- Mathematics and Computers
- Architectural and Engineering
- Business and Finance
While all of the good jobs in these industries do require skills and experience, it’s important to realize that some skills can be acquired faster and more cheaply than others… but there is something I’d like you to keep in mind: just because you’re in a good job doesn’t mean you’re invincible. Not at all. In fact, 9% of people in good jobs are at risk of job loss due to automation, while 25% are at risk of job loss due to outsourcing.
So what can you do about it?
You can develop the core skills that are needed in not just the 5 industries above, but ALL industries.
Those skills are:
- Complex Problem Solving
- Strong Social and Emotional Intelligence
- Computer and Technology Skills
By developing this core skill set you can go from someone who struggles to meet the standard cost of living to someone who is thriving in their career… and even if you were to lose your job, your highly transferable skill set will allow you to quickly regain your footing and land another job in no time!
I just covered the industries you should be going after and the core skill set you need to develop, so I’m sure now you might be asking yourself…
After having read this article, hopefully, you’re able to distinguish between good jobs and dead-end ones. The next step? You need to assess your current job and decide what’s best for you: remain where you are, or develop the skills you need to make a change?
If you think you need to make a change, I’d like to congratulate you on your ability to be honest with yourself… and I’d like to give you the best head start I can.
I know it’s easy to get stuck in a bad place in your career, I’ve been there myself. And I know that when I was there I sure could have used some help. So, I’ve included some links to some valuable resources below. Hopefully, they’re able to set you off in the right direction.
I wish you the best of luck!