The degree to which the world of work is changing becomes more and more apparent every year.
Ed worked at a large company based in Shelton, Connecticut. His job entailed data analytics and reporting, a very “old world” of work type job. He was good at what he did and was eventually named head of data migration. However, as technology advanced rapidly over the years his duties and relevance began to phase out.
30 years ago, this process of technological advancement would have taken much more time to develop. Moreover, Ed’s loyalty and service to the company would have ensured that he stayed with the company and would have been transferred to another department at worst. Unfortunately such security does not exist nearly as much in today’s corporate world. Ed was let go.
Being laid off is much more common today than it was 20+ years ago. The bigger challenge Ed was facing was that he had developed a skill set and knowledge base that was fairly unique to his large company but was no longer needed for many other companies that also went through the same technological advancement that phased out his role. We are working on ways to improve his value proposition and update his selling points to ones better suited for the new world of work. But it is not as if Ed can easily transition into finance, sales, marketing, IT or other areas where he has the basic required skill sets. He was a master at TPS report creation. Why? Because his company made him create that expertise.
Your job is to figure out how to create your own career expertise.