Future Proofing Your Career

“Technological progress might allow a 15 hour work week and abundant leisure by 2030”
A famous and insightful vision by US Economist John Maynard Keynes 1930’s

Wow! This is now seems so possible!

What does this current age of influence mean for the future of work? From internships all the way up to senior executives, it is a revolution that is promising to alter the business world as we know it.

Demographics are reshaping. There are now 77 Million Millennials hitting the workforce, making up more than half the workforce. The work environment is becoming more mobile and a freelance economy. In the US 1 in 3 workers today are freelancers, a figure expected to grow by 40% by 2020.
The older generations are showing signs of working longer, well into their 70’s and even 80’s.

The Drinks industry is no different to most industries where many roles are being replaced by technology and many state based roles are being replaced by National Key account strategies and national cross functional teams.

So what to do?

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket – think portfolio career – think how you can transfer more of your skills to new roles. For example – if you are a talented Sales leader and negotiator why not do a mediation and arbitration course, as the commercial world is screaming out for smart intermediaries to save the law fraternity.
If you are talented at multi -task management – why not do a project management course ?
If you are smart in logistics – why not upskill with knowledge across cross teams to work alongside new decision makers and pointy end negotiations? Hone your core/unique set of skills – keep agile and stay relevant.
Become tech-eloquent. Each season aim to learn a new commercial skill – keep reviewing top 100 apps in technology, latest research on best practice ways to go to market.
Say yes to new opportunities and maximise your spare time to invest in you and your commercial new knowledge.
Network with a sense of reciprocity – meet up with people to share something for them
Build a “ adaptability attitude “ understand resilience and managing ambiguity
What do you want to be remembered for? Make sure you reflect this in your
online presence – LinkedIn; write/post articles.

Stay Real and Relevant.