Education Is Key
Well, it has come to that time of year again, the beginning of the new school year. Here in the South school has started or so but in other parts of the country it may not be until after Labor Day. It took some adjusting on my part when I moved to South Carolina from New York because of that. Then there are some children who are ready to go back & some who are not.
This message however is for the parents because it is time for them to realize that they need to be getting educated also. This is the one way for them to stay afloat or get ahead in the fallen economy. If you are not trying to learn something that will make you more valuable on your current job, preparing you for a new job or getting ready to start your own business then you may be experiencing some troubled times in the future.
I know because if I had not taking the opportunity to move into another department at my job I would have been laid off also. The company I worked for was bought out & the main operation shutdown. They wanted this new process that we had developed & since I was a part of it that helped me to stay on. Now, that situation was avoid but I might not be so lucky the next time.
That is if the company decides to move our production overseas or shuts it down completely.
When I was growing up I was in the Boy Scouts and part of their motto is “Be Prepared”. So, having seen the handwriting on the wall and lived thru it for now, I thought I had better take some action just in case. And I suggest that you do the same. If you watch the news, read the newspaper or listen to the radio you know you are just making it day by day. You do not know if you are going to be working the next day or not.
Let me ask you a question or two, what would you do if you lost your job tomorrow? How long could you pay your bills before you found another? Is your field of work experiencing growth or decline? Could you easily move into a job in another industry? Think about it if you haven’t. This may be the wake up call you need before you actually have to work through this situation.
As I see it you have two options to combat this potential problem. There may be more than two but in my opinion these are the only ones that offer lasting results. You could do as my co-worker did go to tech school and learn a new skill. Since he is into computers he took up Network & Systems Design. Going back to school is a definite plus but you must go into a field that is growing or at least has a steady demand for workers.
The other option is to look into starting your own business. This could be a home based or a traditional one but, just get one going. There are many opportunities out there especially since the internet has become such an integral part of our lives. Be warned, there are many, many scams and con artist out there so due your homework before investing in anything.
Your future depends on you and that is why you should be doing some thinking & research about what else you could do if you had to. Remember we are dealing in a global economy now and it is going to take what you know now & what you learn to be able to survive & then thrive in the 21st century.