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So, what will you do if for some reason you are forced to leave your current job?

I think the proper answer is 'I'm not sure!'

By Juma KillaghaiPublished about a month ago 3 min read
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So, what will you do if for some reason you are forced to leave your current job?
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Introduction

If You lose your job what will happen next? Most likely you will try to stick to your comfort zone. This means a lot of us will try to find jobs similar to what we had been doing. For some professions, that won't be much of a problem. However, for others, it might be a bit tricky. Many jobs are becoming obsolete. For example, the job of an analytical chemist is fast disappearing. Most analytical chemistry is now done by machines through a process called solid-state chemistry. The traditional chemist who used to perform wet chemistry, such as mixing substances in test tubes and burettes, is no longer needed. You don't need to be a chemist as such to handle a machine. All you need is someone who can inject samples into the machine, and the machine will do the rest and issue a report.

This is just one example. Many other professionals face the same fate. Even general practitioners in the medical profession might soon disappear. The rapidly developing proteomic technology will see to that. Soon, technology will be able to analyze a blood sample from a patient, identify the problems, and create a highly accurate personalized prescription. Modern-day pharmacies won't exist because there will no longer be pre-made drugs to sell in those pharmacies. Upon receiving a patient's prescription, a pharmacist will formulate the required medicine precisely on the spot.

Facing Reality

Let's face it. Technology is creating significant disruptions in the marketplace. These disruptions heavily impact our lives, including the way we work to earn a living. These disruptions cannot be avoided and, in many ways, are actually desirable. From the perspective of producers of goods and services, they are highly beneficial. These disruptions help drive down costs and boost productivity. Imagine downsizing your workforce by, let's say, 80% and at the same time boosting productivity by 500%! Who wouldn't go for this?

Technological advancements will continue to render an increasing number of current professions obsolete, and eventually, all professions will be affected. Take some time to think. Can you imagine any profession that can survive as it is 20 or 50 years down the road? With the advent of highly efficient security cameras, will we still need to retain a large number of police officers? With highly intelligent robots, will it be necessary to continue employing a substantial military personnel? With efficient online conduits for delivering educational content, will schools and colleges continue to employ a significant number of teachers and tutors? The list is endless.

So, What Can We Do?

We need to change and adapt. A change of mindset is necessary. We need to realize that a single profession is no longer adequate. We have to be multi skilled to survive and thrive. We need to learn those skills which by their nature are more enduring.

All professions, regardless of how much they change, will still require someone to sell the products and services they create and want to deliver. This means the sales profession will endure. Because of this, learning the basics of this profession is a smart thing to do for all of us.

Every product and service need to be successfully sold to make it meaningful for the producer. Selling skills are needed to make this happen. With selling skills, you don't need to worry about the changing environment in your profession. Your profession may die, but what replaces it will still produce a product or service that will need to be sold to consumers.

Conclusion

Even when you don't have a regular paid job but work as a freelancer, the situation is very much the same. You need to know how to sell your personal services to survive and thrive. Since you are not protected by the overall performance of your employer, you are even more in need of excellence in selling. Employees of corporate or public employers may continue to receive their perks even if financially the employer is not doing well because many corporate employers resort to bank overdrafts, and public employers resort to increased taxes and levies. When you are on your own, you don't have this advantage.

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About the Creator

Juma Killaghai

Juma Killaghai is a research chemist with over 30 years of experience in the field of research and development. He has a Master’s degree - Organic chemistry, from the University of Dar es Salaam. He resides in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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