You must make the right career choices to win. With answers to the questions in Mr Strategy’s career choices grid, you can easily map out your career journey and make the most of it.
You start by understanding the market in which you plan to work. Is it local, regional, or international? Then you define the courses or relevant study fields in demand in the short and long run. We are talking about 10 years+ career journeys. The objective is to increase your odds of career success. Once you have clarity of the market you intend to work in or the country you intend to live in, the next thing is which skills are in high demand in the short and long terms?
Identify the possible study areas based on the projected market demand. And for each study area or course, map it on Mr Strategy’s career grip.
A – The study area or course is perceived as low value; and therefore, attracts small pay. You can undertake such studies if you lack choices or the skills to change. The good news is that the skills take short time to acquire. The problem is you are likely to be underpaid with such skills. And since they take short time to acquire, you may experience a risk of oversupply.
B – High market demand, and a short time to acquire. Get these skills immediately. You must be shrewd and deliberate in optimizing your skills since many other people will soon see your successes and join. The best way is to stay ahead of the pack. Gain the skills, optimize, and stay on the lookout for the skills in high demand. And once you acquire them, do reach out to all prospective employers before others so that you get a return on investment.
C – Skills in high demand but take a long time to attain. When it comes to a career, this is an area to set yourself aside. Even if you are making a fortune, you will have little competition since your kind of skills cannot be attained overnight. We are talking about skills that take over 30 years to acquire. Consider specialist medical experts, engineers, pilots, or researchers. Everyone needs the skill, but they need time to gain the experience required.
D – Skills take along to attain but are of low value to the market. If you can, avoid that altogether. There is nothing as bad as majoring in a field that the world already moved away from.
As the world changes, specifically driven by technological innovations, you must spend more time thinking about the world in the next 20 to 50 years, because that will form your most productive time. And explore the relevant skills which you can now start specializing in.
When it comes to a career, a long-term game is more important than a short term one. And yes, you can consider doing nothing and hiring skills of folks with them. But in this article, we are focusing on your career success. Which skills do you need to succeed?
To answer this question, refer to the Mr Strategy career choices grid.
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