Parents: Prepare Your Children’s Careers. Winter is Coming

Career winter is coming on us faster than we think

By nature and mind training, I am an optimist and positive thinker.  I love lowering the stress of my career counseling clients.  This post will not display any of these traits.  But it is a necessary one.

The world of work has changed rapidly in the last couple of decades. But it will change even more rapidly in the next two decades.  Artificial intelligence (AI) will decimate white collar jobs.  I’ll spare you the Terminator metaphors since I’m going to wind up going with Game of Thrones.  But it is not hyperbole to suggest that many college graduates will face extended bouts of unemployment.

I’ve read about the changes coming for the last couple of years and provided career guidance to our career seeking clients on this issue.  Running Career Counseling Connecticut – a passion and mission based business – keeps me immersed in the literature of experts regarding future career trends. I noticed that the predictions seemed to fit one of my earlier career frameworks.  In 2012, I wrote Motivate Your Son and suggested that there were three paths that children of this generation were headed towards:

The Path of Abundance – about 10% – where the new ability to create one’s work would lead to happiness and success (consider Mark Zuckerberg et al on a lower scale)

The Path of Struggle – about 60% – where the challenges of a world wide labor force and technological advances would lead to downward or at least fluctuating economic mobility for the vast majority of white collar workers (the sales or marketing executive who makes the bulk of his income on commission, not salary)

The Path of Disaster – about 30% – where the challenges would lead to long term unemployment (the career path-less, bouncing from job to unemployment to job)

In 2015, I wrote Career Path of Abundance because readers kept asking – “how can I get my child’s career on that path?”

Of late, I’ve met with industry experts who are seeing the same and all – literally every one – has echoed the same theme: this generation of parents is not adequately preparing their children for careers of tomorrow. I use the Game of Thrones’ phrase “Winter is coming” in my discussion with career experts.  All fellow Thrones’ fans nod.