Are You Ignoring Signs Your Job Is in Jeopardy?
Imagine after 14 years of solid performance reviews, management changes and you start receiving unfounded poor performance reviews.
If this started to happen to you, would you think your days were numbered at your job?
Or would you hang on hoping the new management will eventually see you do good work?
What about if publication after publication wrote about how your profession will be replaced by artificial intelligence or automation in 3-5 years? Would you preemptively prepare for a new career or figure out how to work within the new ways of your profession? Or would you just hope it doesn't happen to you?
You would be surprised how many people ignore the clear-as-day signs before them that their job is in jeopardy.
I don't say this critically.
It's tough admitting your job is in jeopardy. Especially if it's been a great run for you up to this point.
Keep in mind, as my mom always says, “This too shall pass.”
I have come to learn this applies to bad things AND good things.
Everything passes at some point. Even great jobs.
And you should always be ready.
These are two recent conversations I've had:
1. I had a detailed conversation with a mid-50 year old senior professional who came to realize his job is in jeopardy since he started receiving bad reviews after a long successful stretch.
He came to the realization his time may be limited and he needs to be ready.
2. I had a chat with a millennial who knows her job will be gone in 3-5 years (if not sooner) and she is getting ready for it now. But she doesn't understand how senior professionals who are 10-20 older that her in the same department aren't getting ready for the likely similar demise. She said, “It's like they think their 80-hour work weeks are going to prevent the inevitable.”
Imagine that. Pretty insightful millennial, if you ask me.
So ask yourself this question:
What signs are you ignoring in your profession?
You know the answer.
You know you have signs that you have to stop ignoring and start preparing yourself for what's next.
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