Well its that time of the year when the hang over just won’t go away! I’m not talking about alcohol, although some reading this probably do have sore heads, I am of course talking about the “ham hang over” – when we eat so much on Christmas day we can’t move which gets the old head thinking “oh no, I have to go back to that darn job next week I really wish I wasn’t having to do.”
The reality is more than 60% of us will be thinking that way at some point over the next few weeks as the holiday winds to an end and we need to return to work and pay for all those Christmas gifts. But who has found themselves thinking about it every year since you can remember but have never acted on it? Well, I thought I would help you out with the two things you need to do right now (and comfortably from the chair where your “ham hang over” has you nailed down) and then five jobs or industries that will grow in 2018.
Number one: the first thing you need to do is right a list of the things you would rather be doing using this rule of thumb: the first are the things you can afford to do and the second are the things you can’t just yet. The reason that’s so important is because the truth is bills still need to be paid and you may not be able to afford that dream job just yet or need to spend some money on updating your skills to attain the dream role. In that case its all about the planning. It could also be a second career whereby you want to go off and start-up your own business. Don’t rush at that one; instead plan for it, research if people want what you have and where it is you plan to offer it. Also, learn about what it takes to run a small business before taking the leap. The second part was all about following your passion because you can afford to do it. In may cases this is where a small business might just be around the corner or a transition into a completely different sector. In other words it all just comes down to research and planning - all of which you can do from the comfort of your “ham hang over” couch…..
Number two: begin pulling either your resume together or your business plan (if a second career is a small business). In terms of the resume keep it simple Sam (the kiss principle). Your resume doesn’t need to be chapter and verse mini-series and make sure your resume speaks to the job you are applying for. Don’t waffle with the intro letter – keep it clear that you want the job, and these are the reasons why based on your skill set or what you can contribute. If it is a small business, then focus less on the business plan side of the things and more on understanding if people want what you have to offer – importantly be honest about cash flow and capital keeping in mind if you go in this direction it could be that it takes time for the sale to come in – which in turn means you still need to make sure all of your pre-existing bills are paid.
Now lets take a look at some hot jobs for 2018 or industries where we can expect growth:
1. Disability services – the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Australia has seen delays because of the demand on the workforce. Figures released a few months ago indicated that we could be short of a hundred thousand workers. Its also where wage growth is up!
2. Transport and Logistics – another industry where there is a huge demand for truck drivers and supply chain workers. The advent of Amazon and the move towards more of us buying online has meant we need more truck, van and courier drivers. So, get out there get your HC, MC, or MR licenses!
3. Aged care – more than twenty five percent of us will be over the age of 65 in coming decades and its beginning to show already with demand on services creating demand for workers. Careers in nursing and aged care are in demand and like disability services, so are wages.
4. Construction and Trades – as infrastructure builds come on line and demand for housing and apartment increases so does the need for roles ranging from carpenters to sparkies, plumbers to glaziers and more. Its also the sector where a lot of people end up doing an apprenticeship, working for someone else initially and then moving into owning and operating a business.
5. The sharing economy – whether it is AirBnb or something else the sharing economy is really angled towards those wanting to earn a little side cash – but we are now seeing growth in people being employed full time or starting their own business by managing a portfolio of properties. Its one to watch as more and more of us open our homes but don’t always want the work that goes along with it!
There you go – some simple advice and some easy steps to follow. At the end of the day the worst thing you can do is let the “ham hangover” go to waste.
I’m Matt Tukaki and you can tune into me live across Australia on 1278am in Melbourne, Sydney on 954am, Brisbane on 882am, Perth on Digital or to listen or watch live no matter where in the world you are head to Talking Lifestyle Radio or follow me on Facebook HERE
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