How one decides on a professional career after graduation has changed dramatically since we began our own careers many decades ago. Technological advances, the rapid pace of change and intense global competition have transformed industries and forced employers to be more nimble and less loyal to their employees at all levels.
With a vastly changed business environment, how would we advise young adults as they pursue their undergraduate and graduate degrees?
- What fields/industries/professions will flourish and require talented people in the coming decades?
- What fields/industries/professions will be immune from significant disruption caused by technological advances?
- Will there be a major trend away from being an employee vs being a contractor – without the benefits and loyalties accorded an employee?
- Should professionals, whatever fields they choose, expect to undergo significant retraining over the course of their careers?
- Should professionals expect that they may have to change careers during their working years?
- Should professionals beginning their careers give more thought to becoming entrepreneurs, or working for themselves, in light of the changing nature of the job market and employer loyalties and commitments to their workers?
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