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Ways to Reinvent Yourself

Q. I still have my job and go to the office every day, but very few co-workers are left and I don't know how much longer I've got. When I think about "reinventing" myself for another career, I wonder what I should look at. I know my skills, and know there will be a market for them, but I don't see people in the industry hiring and I do see them continuing to downsize.

Ans. You're right to think about restructuring your skills. Lifestyle experts Paul and Sarah Edwards recently found in their 'Livelihoods Survey" that 75 percent of the people they talked to can work from home, or anywhere the customers or clients want them to be. While many seem optimistic, the Edwards  feel that with the state of the economy, only one third of the careers their respondents listed will be sustainable. So it seems you should start getting your "backup plan" ready. Take some courses in areas you feel you don't have for the 21st century. Start going to industry meetings to learn what jobs will be around and gain those skills.

 

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