À l’échelle humaine: Where Will You Be in 2022?

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With senior positions freeing up, you might want to think ahead

“Where do you see yourself in five years?”

It’s a question that often comes up in job interviews, but now may be a good time to consider it on your own.

Research conducted by the Montreal Chamber of Commerce predicts that one-third of all senior positions in Quebec will need to be filled by 2022 due to upcoming baby-boomer retirements.[1] That opens up a lot of possibilities on the corporate ladder. But if you want to be considered, it’s best to think ahead; the steps you take today may pay off in a few years’ time.

“Continuing education is not just about taking a course here or a course there; it’s about getting closer to what you want to be doing,” says Dr. Judith Potter, Dean of McGill University’s School of Continuing Studies. “Our personal and professional aspirations shift throughout our lives, and we need to acquire the knowledge and skills that best reflect them.”

Life is pretty hectic, with responsibilities that require your attention both at home and at work. So how can you even consider adding professional development into the mix? Although it seems challenging, those who take the plunge often find that it opens up a whole new world of possibilities.

Teachers play an important part in this process. “Our instructors take on a variety of roles,” explains Potter. “They can be mentors, guides, or simply share their expertise. They have solid experience and understand how their industry really functions.” In addition to having years of direct involvement in their field, those who teach have also witnessed key industry trends and amassed a strong network of contacts. “They have the ability to think beyond the borders of their own professions.”

Employers are looking for similar skills from their employees. Companies are increasingly looking for people who are ‘intrapreneurs,’ meaning that they bring an entrepreneurial spirit into the workplace. They are seeking to hire innovators with the ability to take a novel approach to problems. An employee who has taken the initiative to learn new skills outside of the workplace may just fit the bill.

For those who dare to achieve more, these demographic shifts and industry trends present an open door of opportunity. So take the time to reflect what you want to achieve in five years time. Does it sound like 2022 might be a good year for you?

[1]Source: http://www.emploisdufutur.com/en.html

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