As a decade comes to an end, a new one emerges bringing new goals and jobs. With 2020 at full speed, you can look forward to roughly 24 million new jobs becoming available as Baby Boomers start to retire. This is great news for Gen Z and Millenials looking to move up or make a career change. That’s not all, with new jobs comes a new way of working. Companies are keeping up with the trends entering the new decade, which means you will be able to look forward to more remote work, freelancing and exciting company cultures.
#1 Company Culture
Companies are starting to take note of how their employees work in certain conditions and environments. In the past, you could expect almost all jobs to have a business professional dress code with a very intense workspace. However, most people do not work well in those settings. In certain career fields today, you can expect a larger focus on a more relaxed and enjoyable workspace, sometimes with a laid back dress code, too.
#2 Work-Life Balance
Companies are starting to place a larger emphasis on work-life balance. Your life outside of work is just as important as your life at work. Employers are putting more emphasis on job perks, such as paid time off, dog-friendly offices, 401(k) retirement plans, health insurance, paid parental leave, or even gym memberships.
#3 Working Remote
Over the last decade, working remotely has grown in popularity by almost 90%. Throughout 2019, various research studies concluded that over half of us work remotely in some way. Working remotely is a trend that will not slow down anytime soon. In fact, some companies even offer their employees the opportunity to work remotely full-time or have entire teams that work remotely depending on the industry and job type. If working remotely is something you would like to do, talk to your employer or future employer about your position and the pros and cons of working remotely.
Do you have a specific skill that you know like the back of your hand, but can’t find a full-time job with it? Have you thought about freelancing? Freelancing is the new “full-time” job of the decade. Many companies go out and look specifically for freelancers because you have the exact skill they require and need for a specific project. Hiring a freelancer can also cost the company less because they do not have to hire a full-time employee.
Freelancing allows you the opportunity to work on many different projects to build your portfolio while getting to work with different types and sizes of companies. If you haven’t found a role or industry you are passionate about and can see yourself with for a long period of time, look into how you can use your skills to freelance.
In this new decade, the importance of your personal brand and the experience you have achieved is crucial for your future career. Nowadays, hiring managers care more about your experience rather than your degree.
An industry example of this is the digital or technology world. An applicant’s online portfolio and experience can mean more to the employer than a degree. Proving that you can keep up with the digital twist and turns that are changing daily is more crucial to the employer than the highest degree you hold. This can be a great thing for many people because if you did not get a degree but have the experience employers are looking for, you may still qualify for the position. So, start applying for those jobs that your experience matches, even if your degree doesn’t!