What did you want to be when you grew up? Are you living that dream?
If you created your own job today, what would it look like?
Making the Major League
Revisit your current job, and then write up the perfect job description, for
where you’d excel doing what you love. See what pops out that you can build
on. Write a development plan that identifies your goals and steps to
achieve them. Where do you start?
Finding the Strike Zone
Drive your goals against these leading trends and markets:
Entrepreneurs and small business turn the spokes of innovation and create
vast employment. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Andy Grove, and Bill Hewlett and
Dave Packard all started legendary companies as small technology start-ups.
Why not you?
- Technology spending is on the rise.
- Biotechnology and Nanotechnology offer research and development career
- Aerospace and jet propulsion engineers face future shortages. .NET and C
developers are needed now. Electronic gaming, consulting and corporate
bloggers are in demand.
- Security sits front and center in a mass migration to digital formats.
Heavy regulations dictate protection of intellectual property, privacy and
- The financial industry focuses largely in security, auditing, and
accounting. Defense sector will fatten your wallet, and even more if you
hold a US security clearance.
- Online crime and fraud are increasing, plus demand for forensics experts.
With a spate of disasters, business continuity and disaster planning are
ignored at great peril. Counterfeiting takes a big bite of global trade.
- Math, science and pre-school teachers are desperately needed. Distance
learning and tutoring are thriving.
- Speaking a second language distinguishes your career. English 101 is huge
business in China. Travel to Spain, and converse in English to help local
businessmen learn English through Vaughan Systems. Japan periodically seeks
instructors to teach English in schools. For India, a member of my
Mastermind group was hired for an “Accent Reduction” program.
- Health and medical fields creates massive employment, far beyond a nursing
shortfall. Security and privacy are regulated and health records are moving
online. Medical technicians, child psychiatrists, pharmacists, and
physician assistants are needed to fill shortages.
- Water and environmental preservation are rising, along with the search for
alternative fuel and power. Computer recycling programs are mandatory in
Europe and two US states.
- Small businesses numbers have hit the 50 percent range of all US
enterprises. Franchises are booming. Ebay is becoming a major American
income source. Coaching, resume writing, home inspectors, medical coders,
and errand services are hot start-ups. An Arizona transplant from the auto
parts industry recently started the “Queen Creek Olive Mill”.
Playing the Field
Leading the US in job creation, The Arizona Republic on February 6, listed
Arizona, Washington DC, Los Angeles, New York and Las Vegas. Biotech
centers thrive in San Francisco, Boston, and San Diego, with Phoenix as an
up-and-comer. California Bay area reigns VIP of the high tech universe. But
you can build your dream anywhere.
Lower level engineers, maintenance programmers, and call centers are moving
overseas. Telecommunications stood still. US automotive and airline
industries are losing jobs and money.
Licensed real estate agents have
grown exponentially, and real estate attorneys or paralegals create
alternatives in a glutted market. Travel is up but so are costs.
Rounding Home Plate
How have you invested the first half of your life? Still waiting to hit
one out of the park? Create your plan, plot your course and take action.
Seek a coach, mentor, or take advantage of online and community learning
forums. Explore new careers using vacation time, or volunteering off hours.
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Sign-up now at no charge for: “Entrepreneur 101: How to Start and Grow a
Successful Business.” Email or phone today to attend this live 1-hour expert
interview teleseminar: 480-988-4194 or DebbieChristofferson@earthlink.net
Are you a skeptic of a Masters Degree value? Do you view certifications as
a scam designed to fund training company profits? Tune in next month for a
lively discussion on education and certification myths, and the impact to
your career and pay.
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