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No matter how many side hustles, part time jobs or selling of items from around the house you do, the biggest impact in your finances is always going to be your main job or career. In the ever changing world we live in, new careers and job options are opening up all the time, and at the same time, jobs that were once available to your parents or grandparents are rapidly decreasing or even disappearing altogether. It is because of this that future proofing your career is more important than ever.

Some traditional and well known or established careers are timeless and will be around, no matter what happens. Some examples of this are:

  • Healthcare (such as nurse, doctor, paramedic, therapist)
  • Animal care (such as vet, vet nurse, zoo keepers)
  • Some retail positions (whilst some are being made redundant due to the transition to online retail and even self checkouts, some roles will always be required)
  • Lawyer
  • Law enforcement
  • Teacher (even though the teaching methods may be different such as the online delivery through the pandemic)
  • Artist
  • Writer
  • Musician
  • Singer
  • Automotive roles (such as fabricator, breakdown agents and repair garages)
  • Driver
  • Child care (nanny, childminders, nursery staff)

That list is just a snap shot of some of the well known careers that will probably allow you to future proof your career in an established way. With the rapid increase in evolving technology, there are lots of things you may not even known are careers which might be great future proof careers to get in to. Some of these include:

  • Data analysts
  • Computer games designer
  • Online marketing (SEO, PPC etc)
  • Programmers
  • Technical support

One of the fastest growing areas in business and technology today is that of robotics and automation. Automation is the process of using technological applications to minimise human inputs. This can mean that human error is reduced, and also it means that production is not affected by illness or staff shortages. These are careers that your grandparents (and maybe even your parents) may never have heard of, let alone actually considered for themselves. This area is rapidly growing due to the pace of technology but also due to the huge growth in areas that automation can be used in. This is in particular in areas such as manufacturing where automation and robotics are transforming the road ahead, see RNA automation for more information.

Automation is used across a variety of different sectors too, so whether you are interested in there will be options. Here are some examples of where they are being used:

  • healthcare (common uses are in the manufacturing of components such as inhalers or syringes)
  • automotive (creation of nuts, casings, clips and any other component of a vehicle)
  • consumer goods and electronics (brushes, razors, electronic components such as circuit boards etc)
  • food and beverage (pre-packaged chocolate bars, cereal bars, fruit bars, protein bars etc)

You don’t have to be a completely technical person to embrace careers in these areas (although it can help) because there will always be other support roles (accounts, admin, management and oversight) which complement these technologies.

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