Posts Tagged ‘work’

Where will the jobs be?

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

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Most experts believe the economy is showing signs of recovery. Officially, the Great Recession ended in June 2009. But if you were one of the 8 million people who lost their jobs or if you’re a recent college grad, the picture doesn’t look that bright, does it.

It’s not only that companies are hiring at a slower speed but also that whole industry sectors have been destroyed and certain jobs just won’t come back. In the global economy some manufacturing jobs, for example, have been lost to other markets with cheaper labor. So have jobs for people with less than a high school diploma or even for high school graduates without any college.

According to a Moody’s Analytics for TIME magazine, in the next couple of years, 37.6% of jobs will require a Bachelor’s degree or higher; 10.2% will require an Associate’s degree and another 17.5% will require some college. How are you positioned to get or keep your job?

One of the greatest problems we are facing as a nation is the mismatch of labor needs and workers’ skills. Even during the worst of the recession there were companies that couldn’t fulfill their open positions because there were few candidates with the right skill-set. People who work with technology: engineers of all kinds, artists, designers, programmers are at the top of the list for companies across the globe.

Opportunities in the professional services are also growing because as large companies have downsized they are now looking to outsource the capabilities that they don’t longer have in house. So, you may need to consider setting up your own consulting firm to serve several clients rather than seeking a full time job.

And looking beyond your own city and state may be more of a necessity than a choice as well. When you think that North Dakota has the nation’s lowest unemployment rate (a mere 3.8%) you realize that you may want to move from Detroit were the unemployment rate is anywhere between 30-50% depending on who you believe.

It’s a great time to leverage your Latino nimbleness: To become independent if you were used to full time employment, to get extra certifications and higher degrees if you notice that the available jobs require them, and to move wherever the jobs are. Keep in mind that you were raised with the ability to adjust to change, to try new roles, and to think out of the box. This is the time to make those traits work for you!

Three things to avoid saying at work

Friday, March 21st, 2008

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There are certain expressions that when used at work, may not produce the best results.

One example is when your boss asks you to do something that is not in your job description. It’s a bad idea to say: “it’s not my job” because it makes you look as though you are not a team player. If a deadline needs to be met, just do whatever needs to be done and after it’s done schedule a conversation with your boss to discuss areas of responsibility that may not be clear to you or others. The same goes when there is a problem and your boss asks you to resolve it.

Answering: “it’s not my fault” won’t get you too many points. Better to help anyway you can and talk to your boss later about ways for your team to avoid repeating mistakes. At that time you can discuss what happened with a focus on what went wrong and how you can make sure it doesn’t happen again. 

One third thing to avoid is to use the opportunity when your boss is giving you feedback about your work, to turn the tables around and tell your boss what you don’t like about him/her. I’ve seen this done too many times and it’s a bad idea. The mature position is to listen to the feedback without taking it personally and if there are things you wish to discuss with your boss, choose a different day to schedule an appointment. Then, prepare for that meeting so that you can provide facts and data about your concerns. 

The side effects of my vacations

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

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I’m just back from three weeks in Buenos Aires and in bad need of a vacation from my vacation! But as most of those who periodically return to our native countries know, the trip hardly qualifies as a vacation.  

    I spend most of my time visiting with my family and friends and have little down time to relax. Even when I am supposed to be relaxing, I stop by a cyber cafe to check my email, or to blog, I call my voice mail to check messages and talk to several of my friends and colleagues in New York. Granted, I’m in a different environment and even a different weather, but for me it’s not like spending two weeks on the beach or sightseeing in a foreign country where I don’t know anybody and I get to disconnect for a while.

But maybe that is the main problem of being on vacation these days. That we are never completely on vacation. We are still connected to work through our many devices therefore not allowing ourselves to create some distance from our everyday responsibilities. Not allowing ourselves to fully replenish our energy.

    Maybe it was not being around friends and family that exhausted me so much but the fact that I never completely left New York behind.Trying to be in two places at the same time, now that is exhausting!dsc01943.JPG