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The future of career building

Career builders and career experts may wonder how the fast developments in today’s economy and society will affect career building. Well, of course no one has a crystal ball to see the future, but we can reasonably identify the following career trends:

• Career builders will always need a permanent, lifelong learning input. This will not only be necessary in order to progress, but even in order to not go backwards.

Technology (in the broadest sense) will play an increasingly crucial role regardless of your job. Technology will also affect the kind of learning you will be compelled to in order to build your career.

Internationalism will emerge as a driving force for change, even in the United States. As geography gets abolished and distance is no longer an economic issue, foreign languages and a cosmopolitan view and background will be an increasingly valued plus in your resume. You can’t afford to not know the world. You can’t live any longer under the assumption that your own town or country is the battleground for your career.

• As the globalization process completes, your competition for a job or customers will be enormous, but so will your chances and opportunities. For instance, as the old economy players fear from competition coming from the Third World, a genuine career builder will certainly make the most of the facts and hire people in those countries to make his or her company more profitable. A career builder should adapt to the globalized world and reshape his or her knowledge, information, values, attitudes and skills to meet the needs arising from this fascinating new world.

• Careers will be made up of many shorter jobs and cross-industry swifting will become a plus, not a minus as it used to be seen. No one will remain for decades in a company (not even his or her own!)

Career coaching will become commonplace and most people will have a career advisor just like we have a dentist.

• As new professions emerge, some of the old ones will be condemned to oblivion. Career builders should not only consider how likely a job position or a company is to remain, but also what are the global chances for his or her whole profession and set of skills to be valid in ten, twenty or thirty years time.

Time scheduling will play a more important role as more and more people will work on an hour basis for you, or you may be the one working by hours. That is, less people will have a payroll & schedule package and more professionals will in fact sell their work to several or many buyers, making the cost of opportunity (and therefore timing) become a key element of the work equation.


Comprehensive career education glossary. Definitions of career education and career builder terms.

Adult basic education.    Adult general education    Adult secondary education.    Adult student.     Apprenticeship.    Aptitudes.   

Assessment.    Attributes.     Career.     Career branding.     Career Carnival.    Career change.    Career cluster.    Career coach.   

Career counseling.    Career exploration.    Career development.    Career fair.    Career guidance.    Career-Interest Inventory.    

Career mentoring.    Career objective.    Career paths.    Career planning.    Career program certificate.    Career resources.   

Career Trek.    Competencies (proficiencies).    Competency-based education.     Community Education.   

Continuing Workforce Education.    Co-operative career education    Cover letter.    Curriculum-Integrated program.   

CV. Curriculum Vitae.    Degree Vocational Education Program.    Demand occupation.    Distance education.    Doctorate.   

Dislocated worker.    Employability.    Entrepreneurial skills.    Formation.    Foundation skills.    Freelance career.    Head hunter.   

Home-based careers.    Human capital.    Human performance technology.    Human resources.    Immersion courses.    Internship.   

Job satisfaction.    Job shadowing.    Life coaching.    Lifelong learning.    Mentor.    Mentoring.    Moonlighting.    Motivation letter.   

Non-traditional careers.    Portfolio.    Postsecondary.    Prerequisite.    Real Game.    Resume.    Sabbatical year.   

School-to-career program.    Self-employment.    Self-instruction.    Skills.    Undergraduate.    Work-based learning.   

Work exploration.    Work readiness.    Work study.    Workforce development education.    Youth apprenticeship.

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