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Jobs with a future: Are there still secure jobs?


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It used to be simple: children wanted to be a policeman or firefighter. But today the professional world is more differentiated, the possibilities of unmanageable and children as well as their parents increasingly desperate: Which profession still offers optimal prospects for a secure future? Jobs with a future: Are there still secure jobs?


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Forecasts go into the pants

Globalization, economic crisis, layoffs: Secure jobs with good pay are no longer normal. Nowadays, job-starters have a hard time finding jobs. No wonder many people want to know how to find a safe job. But predictions go well in the pants.

How do we really want to know today which job is still needed? Yesterday I attended a discussion on the web. An opinion in which all the speakers were in agreement: the development of the last few years was as rapid as no one could ever imagine before 10 years. Any training that we had or would have had before 10 years without learning, would be worthless today.

Caution with the compartment strength

In this context, we would like to hear a lot of the experts, who would be able to visit us soon due to the demographic change. But caution is advised whether this is really true or not even as a targeted fairytale turns out, as many of our readers think.

The fact is that there is a need to differentiate between specialists, not only for industries such as: I also said in an interview in the ARD on the subject of professional deficit: So is allegedly a shortage of engineers to be feared - but apparently above all engineers with a sound specialized knowledge sought - and these special requirements are also changing rapidly with the technology. In addition, there are areas where there is a guaranteed shortage, because they are chronically underpaid - such as in the elderly care.

What can future research do?

Accordingly, I was skeptical when my editor asked me for RP-ONLINE to write an article about crisis-proof jobs. Because, I asked myself: Is that at all? Does it make sense at all to want to predict which professions will be needed in the future? And what methods are there?

Future researchers such as Dr. Eike Wenzel, for example, to describe social change processes - he says in an interview with me: "We look at what's happening today, think about it, do studies and surveys. So we identify phenomena and try to explain them. In the end, we try to analyze how the economy will evolve over the next ten years. In addition, we also make statements on the long-term big trends, so-called megatrends, which will be important in the next 40-50 years. "Wenzel, author and consultant at the Zukunftsinstitut, explains his method.

Which sectors offer good prospects?

Some industries would have a clear head: In the coming years, Wenzel sees good opportunities, eg in ecology, in the health and fitness sector or in information technology. But also in the alternative tourism sector or even in the cultural sector Wenzel has a good long-term view of professional opportunities:

"In our society, a fundamental change is taking place: fewer and fewer people want to consume cheap offers off the shelf, but are looking for conscious, individual experiences and are willing to spend a lot of money."

Salary studies for short-term forecasts

If you would like to have something more specific and who has an outlook for the next two to three years, you can look at the entry salaries of university graduates, such as the Stuttgart recruitment and career counseling alma mater, which specializes in academic junior staff.

Because top salaries are a good indication of the development of the next few years - especially for graduates who are fresh from university and still have the biggest problems to find a job at all. There is also a high demand in sectors where above-average payers are paid - and job security in the coming years is guaranteed.

Study subjects off the beaten track

It can help to choose a course of study away from out-of-the-way paths. Because it is not offered so often, the competition is lower, while at the same time one gets the frequently required special knowledge. Our author, Milan Klesper, has several such courses, here Tourism Management, described in detail.

Which industries are currently paying well?

But what do salary studies show? A Study of alma mater shows that, for example, gross income of more than 43.000 € per year is possible in the chemicals and pharmaceuticals sector. Suppliers of oil, gas, water and electricity pay job entrants with university degrees independent of the functional area on average 41.611 € annually. Only just below this are the entrance containers in the electrical, news and fine-tuning technology sector. Third place is awarded to entry-level professionals in banking and finance as well as insurance and finance. In the first few years, these earn just under five per cent more than the average.

In contrast, the media, other services, the public sector and the temporary employment sector are in sharp contrast. In the media, graduates even have to pay up to eleven percent less salary than their former fellow students. At least in the short term, it looks rather mau in the cultural area with good job prospects.

Safe future as a discontinued model

Nevertheless: Thinking with the safe sectors of the future is an end-of-life model. As we have already stated, lifelong learning is becoming more and more important because development is progressing at a faster pace. Accordingly, the vocational system that has so far prevailed in Germany seems absurd: to make an education and keep this job for a lifetime.

But the fact is that, despite all the changes, this attitude is still firmly rooted in the minds - as the editor of my editor has already pointed out after such a schema-F solution. In fact, people who do something completely different after their education are still considered exotic and have a hard time. Our author Tom Diesbrock has written a very nice, ten-part series, why the career change is so difficult for many.

Fun as a working principle of the future?

So why not simply do what you want, enjoy life and be creative with fun. That sounds like that Frenchwoman Marie in the interview says, is not particularly responsible and could be the model of the future.

For those who live like this do not just lazy into the day, but also develop new ideas. Because only with this willingness to learn for life, you will be prepared for future developments. And then it 's not so difficult to go through the food again, as our author Katharina Daniels in her second - Restart in the food center zeigt.

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  1. Hallo,

    very detailed article. Basically, I agree with the core statement that lifelong learning is important and you have no collateral to fully. This can be seen, for example, in the banking crises of recent years. However, the type of financial and professional security, relative to the previous generations, I believe very well.

    Best Regards

    • Simone Janson

      Hi Alex,
      Of course, today we have more financial security than, for example, the post-war generation. However, the 30 year-olds will probably be the first generation today who will not fare better financially than their parents. And a career counselor once said to me "For school leavers, the question is not whether they find a job, but whether they find a job from which they can live." I also see that precarious jobs are increasing and more and more people from a temporary job to the next shimmy.
      But I also believe that in this generation more self-interest is needed to get something on its feet. Therefore, with the hedge is actually relative.

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