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Employed for Life

21st-Century Career Trends

Tracey Wilen, Courtney L. Vien and Gary Daugenti

Employed for Life: 21st-Century Career Trends is the first book to explore career development from the viewpoints of firm managers, HR professionals, recruiters, job seekers, and employees. It examines such topics as new developments in recruiting and career development; the ways social, cultural, and technological forces have changed careers; and best practices for job hunting and career planning. The authors use primary and secondary research to provide insight on how the nature of work has changed and what that means for individuals' career plans. Employed for Life shares career advice from recruiters and HR professionals and provides a framework that readers can use to ensure lifelong employment.
Some of the questions answered in this book include:
How are the new demographics of the United States changing the way we work?
How will longevity impact career planning?
Is technology creating more jobs than it destroys?
What are HR professionals doing to address talent management in the 21st century?
What insights can recruiters provide to help employees navigate a dynamic marketplace?
How are employees finding work in a difficult job market?
How can individuals plan for a career that could last 50 years or longer?
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3. Innovations: Technologies with the Potential to Reshape Your Job

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All around us, technology works miracles every day. Robotic exoskeletons are helping paraplegics to walk. Surgeons are using virtual reality to perform eye surgery with greater precision than ever before. Robots are going places where it would be dangerous or impossible to humans to venture: into burning buildings and enemy territory during war, and even onto the surface of Mars. Driverless cars are being developed that could bring greater independence to the elderly and disabled, and reduce the number of accidents.

At the same time, technology is reshaping almost every industry and job. It’s changing things so fast that workers can no longer expect to remain employable by keeping their heads down and performing the same tasks, year in, year out, no matter how skilled or knowledgeable they are. Right now, no matter where you work or what you do, there’s a new technology about to change the way you work forever.

Take accounting, for example. Tax preparation software has reduced the need for accountants, but it’s also freed accountants to do more complex and intellectually challenging tasks than filling out simple tax forms. Or think about nurses. Though technology hasn’t eliminated nurses’ jobs, it’s made what they do considerably more complicated. Nurses now have to learn to use such technologies as electronic drug dosing and delivery systems, electronic patient and IV monitors, and electronic health records. And consider the kinds of work you used to do as an intern or a college student or for...

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