Career Trends and Transition 2010

If you are interested in advancing your career in 2010 your number one task should be a thorough research of emerging career trends. Even if you are not one of the hundreds of thousands of executives who found themselves unexpectedly thrown into a career transition in 2009, you may be influenced by your research to voluntarily consider a career transition in 2010!

Maintaining a successful career is dependent on a healthy, growing industry and acquiring those skills which are in highest demand. Following career trends and positioning yourself in a growing industry will increase the probability of career advancement. The transition into a more secure industry may not be as difficult as you may think as many skills are transferable. A project engineer will have a greater opportunity for career advancement in the aerospace industry than in the automotive industry.

Career trends are influenced by many factors including our environment, social evolution and our economy. Although our economic recession has had a dramatic impact over the past 2 years resulting in unprecedented job losses, it is a temporary influence as many of the hardest hit occupations, architecture and engineering are expected not only to recover but forecasts show continued growth through 2018. This is not the case for production supervisors and managers where the decline in employment, experienced over the past ten years is expected to continue into 2018 as North American manufacturers struggle to survive moving their production overseas to cut labour costs. Environmental concerns combined with new legislation have provided a wealth of “green jobs” and Generation Y are demanding a balanced work/life career influencing change in the workplace. Many companies are providing more flexible work schedules, increased vacation and further training and educational development programs. Canada’s Top 100 Employers is published annually and includes the reasons these companies were selected, providing a valuable glimpse into emerging trends in the workplace that will impact career trends.

Be smart and stay informed. The dramatic increase in our aging population has resulted in thousands of new jobs within the health care industry despite the recession. This is an industry that is expected to see continued growth in  all sectors. The demographics of our aging population, new and emerging markets, predicted skills shortages, recruiting practices, company benefits and industry lay offs all have an impact on career trends. Following these trends will provide you with the knowledge you need to maintain a viable career path and ensure the maximum potential for career advancement and continuing success in your future career. 

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As a member of Career Collective, I’m pleased to share the professional job search advice from the following members:

Career Collective@KCCareerCoach, Career Chaos, “The Art of Being Gracious: Much Needed in Today’s Job Search”
@heathermundell, life@work, Kaizen and the Art of Your Job Search
@barbarasafani, Career Solvers, Looking Into the 2010 Careers Crystal Ball
@resumeservice, Resume Writing Blog, The Resume and Your Social Media Job Search Campaign
@kat_hansen, Quintessential Resumes and Cover Letters Tips Blog, New Year: Time to Assess Yourself and Your Career
@keppie_careers, Keppie Careers, Help for job seekers in a rut
@heatherhuhman,, Job seekers: 5 tips for making the most of 2010
@DawnBugni, The Write Solution, Ya, but
@ErinKennedyCPRW, Professional Resume Services, Advice to Job Seekers in 2010–learn Yoga?
@Chandlee, The Emerging Professional Blog, Starfish, JobAngels, and Making a Difference
@ValueIntoWords, Career Trend, Is Your Job Search Strategy a Snore?
@debrawheatman, Resumes Done Write, Making the most of a new year
@walterakana, Threshold Consulting, Starting anew – tips for truly managing your career
@careersherpa, Hannah Morgan: Career Sherpa, The Year of the Tiger
@WorkWithIllness,, Dogs Can Do It, Can You?
@JobHuntOrg,, Lifelong Learning for Career Security
@AndyInNaples, Career Success, What Are You Getting Better At? Make This the Year You Become the Best You Can Be!
@GLHoffman, A Flash of the Blindly Obvious 



14 Responses to Career Trends and Transition 2010

  1. Heather Mundell January 21, 2010 at 9:00 pm #

    What a breath of fresh air to read about how to take the long view in career planning! It’s so smart to stay in tune with the trends so that you can position yourself accordingly. Not only can you know about different industries that are growing and shrinking but also it’s essential to stay on top of trends in your own industry so you’re not left behind in the dust. Great post!


  2. Career Sherpa January 22, 2010 at 6:59 am #

    Martin: The key message of your post is to “be smart and stay informed”. Sleeping at the wheel of while driving your career can be as dangerous as texting. Either will surely end in an accident. Thanks for pointing out key trends impacting the way we work today!

  3. GL Hoffman January 22, 2010 at 1:43 pm #

    Nice post, Martin. I agree completely, what a valuable way to start off one’s career. Figure out where it is where you can do the most good.

  4. Miriam Salpeter, Keppie Careers January 23, 2010 at 9:24 pm #

    Ah – thinking ahead! Being informed! Excellent advice for job seekers and all workers. We should all take this advice.

  5. Kathryn Allen King January 24, 2010 at 1:19 pm #

    Great message here: keep up with market trends and stay relevant. Your career will evolve much more smoothly over the course of time. Go with the flow – continue to grow – and enjoy every minute of the ride!

  6. Debra Wheatman January 24, 2010 at 6:28 pm #

    I totally agree with you, Martin. It is so important to maintain abreast of trends. Research is a big part of this. The more you know, the more effective and successful you will be.

  7. Gayle Howard January 28, 2010 at 11:50 pm #

    Smart advice there Martin. So many people jump from “frying pan into the fire” making a series of knee jerk reactions because they don’t have the knowledge of themselves and the research necessary to make the right decisions. Long term planning is the certainly the key to intelligent career decision making.

  8. Wilson March 16, 2010 at 10:51 pm #

    That is quite insightful. It presented me a number of ideas and I’ll be writing them on my blog shortly. I’m bookmarking your site and I’ll be back. Thanks again!


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