Alberta, the land of Oil and Gas, where economy thrives on industry and leaves very little room for change. As this province is facing the turmoil of losing our strongest industry and thousands of people are losing or have lost their jobs, one thing is very clear, the time for change is a certainty not an option and finding new work in an uncertain job market is the new reality.
The fact is Oil and Gas is Global, many industries thrive on fuel production but that very important resource is also believed to be the catalyst for destroying the eco system, polluting the air we breathe and having an impact on weather patterns. So much so that governments around the globe are seeking alternative energy resources of a non-destructive nature in effort to end climate change and wanting to completely rid the world of oil and gas by the year 2030.
This is a scary proposition when you think about how not having access to oil and gas will impact industry overall. Our reliance on fuel has essentially created supply and demand, driven economy and provided tons of jobs in many types of industries, but now as governments prepare to find alternative resources, what does that mean for the working class? What does it mean for industry? What does it mean for the economy? What does it mean for our futures?
It is all pretty ambiguous right now, as there are no definitive answers to what comes next, so right now and not a minute later is the perfect time to start preparing for a new occupation-succession planning if you will. It is time to look at your current skills, education and experience and determining what else you can do if you are faced with being one of the casualties in this war on oil and gas.
Headlines every day discuss layoffs, business closures, shortages of work and the list goes on. Due to the high demand for oil and gas, unfortunately this has created a trickle-down effect on other occupations and industries, so rather than being complacent about the job market, why not start looking at ways to create a new path of success; a new job target, a new occupation. You know, something that will actually keep you employed, earning a living and working toward a sustainable future instead of sitting on the sidelines watching others succeed.
The idea when faced with any new change is to keep an open mind. While you may have spent 10, 20 or even 30 years in the same profession, the skills you gained during that time are transferable to other industries and positions. Losing a long-term job is difficult and stressful but it certainly does not have to be the end of the world as you know it. In fact, it could be the best opportunity you have to explore other options, identify new possibilities and make changes based on your values, beliefs and preferences but of course, remaining open minded and realizing what is realistic in this job market and what isn’t.
In short, it is time to change your expectations, perspective and perceptions and prepare to invest some time in getting to know yourself, beyond your previous work identity.
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