Staying Ready for Your Next Job Now

An update of your resume with a new certificate or degree could be your key to future success

"The dream" used to be: graduate, get the job, work at it for 30+ years, then retire. But just like everything else, dreams get updated, and statistics say this particular working dream is a little out of date.

After surveying 4,000 Canadians, Workopolis found that only 6 percent of people have held just a single job for their entire career, while 28 percent have gone through five to 10 different jobs. You can blame it on the flakiness of millennials or just on the fact that we live longer lives, but you should realize that, like your sweet puppy love at 16, you can't expect to hold your first job forever.

In today's job market, evolution is survival. There is new technology coming out every day, as well as new methods for team building. And novelty usually means reevaluation of team members for an employer.

Do you have your undergraduate degree? A certificate? School isn't everything, but the retraining of skills is. If you've been stuck at the same job for 20+ years and have never branched out and updated your skills to suit the job market, you may be at risk if you, like 19 percent of people surveyed, were unexpectedly forced to make a career change.

This doesn't mean quitting your stable job, and it doesn't even mean having to go out and look for a new one: Having a job is having a job, after all. But we do know that staying at a single job too long puts you at risk of having outdated skills for the job market. So, update your skills to learn new ones, and be prepared for your next job even while working for your current employer.

It could mean the difference between getting forced out of your current job, and discovering a new field you're passionate about (as happens to 35 percent of Canadians). Your new dream job could be just a degree, a certificate or a few weeks of training away.

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