During National Small Business Week, I joined “The U.S. Economic Outlook and its Impact on Small Businesses” webinar. I learned that the Economist predict a mini-recession in 2018. They don’t predict it to be as bad as the recession in 2007.
Here are 3 quick tips to prepare your career:
Make sure you understand the technology you use at work
Know the software you use at work like the back of your hand. I’m not just talking about the portion you use for your job. Learn more about the backend and front end systems. If someone asks what’s the name of the software you use, you should be able to tell them the name and the version. It doesn’t matter what your job is. I don’t care if you are a dental technician.
Learn about industry equivalent software
It’s always great to know how to use the software at your job. But, very often companies customize the software to be specific to their needs. This is not a bad thing for them. Yet, for you, it’s not always the best thing. Make sure you know about 3-4 types of industry equivalent software that you can speak to. Make sure at least 1-2 of them you actually know how to use. This will help you if your company ever switches software. It will also help you if you are interviewing for another company.
Make sure you understand your role and how if fits in your industry
It’s great to go to work every day and know your job. It’s even more amazing if you do it well. But, to have a sustainable career you need to know how to live “in the outside world”. Things change quickly. So I would say examine your career every six months. Do online job searches and match your skills up with the job descriptions you see. If things aren’t adding up even ask for more responsibility at work. Or learn a few things on your own time.
Always make sure you set yourself up for success, no matter what the state of the economy is.