Careers are dead. What to do?

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Career is defined as a series of upward moves with steadily increasing income, power, status and security.
Perks, corner office, company maintained vehicle, insurance and pension were the things people looked up to.
Not that they will lose their attraction in our minds, but both employers and employees had to make lot of adjustments.
And it will never go back to what it was.

Losing jobs is bad on paper. But there are thousands of new jobs created with less supply. You can lose a job just because that is how jobs are now. It was not your fault. Likewise finding a new job at regular intervals is becoming a norm.

The new jobs are revolving around ‘customer needs’. Advances in technology and society are frequent, pandemics happen, and our skills need to be upgraded and aligned.
The safety of work now has to come from inside of a person, not from his office, because there’s no such thing as a secured job.

Getting a degree, then adding qualifications to your resume every 5 years not going to cut it . Even public sector is acknowledging this, but will take more time for their wheels to move.

People are supposed to learn on the go now. No time to sit and learn for few months and come back. If you do, there will be no job for you.

If things are changing so frequently how a person is supposed to align ?

1) Getting out of the career mind set. Knowing that you cannot ask for everything from the employer. There will be no such thing as dream job, or follow your passion with in the job. If you have one, you are extremely lucky, but don’t be naive that it will last until you retire.

2) To acknowledge and explore new opportunities created outside of our comfort zones. Get on internet to learn the new skills and attitudes. You can do that at zero cost. Yeah, except for the data bill.

3) Work in multiple projects at one time. To check what works and what not. Do side hustles in your spare time to test drive your ideas. Have a mindset to provide a valuable service people want, and deliver it consistently.

4) Get mentored by people who are doing well.
By doing well I mean, who are genuinely happy and contented, plus have created wealth for them and others.
Find what you are good at. A good mentor can see what you cannot see. It’s life changing.

5) Make a security safety net for you and your family by your self.
Getting a good life and health insurance early in your life, so that you don’t hang on to employers handouts.
Save money for rainy days.
This gives a peaceful mind for you to explore the unknown and get rewarded. because in places where skills are in high demand and in short supply, the reward is usually 10X higher.

Uber Eats & Pickme Food : A new social dimension.

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Yesterday I ordered my first Uber Eats. A vege fried rice got delivered in 35 minutes. Very impressive service. What uber and pickme have done to taxis, was not a thing until it was introduced. Now it is the new normal. Uber Eats and Pickme food will change food industry with in 2 years, that we will not be able to think of a colombo with out 30 minute food delivery.

Right now, both are serving a very small area in Colombo. Testing times for both. Burning money for both, I guess. Because Uber eats did not charge me for delivery. Idea is to get more people try the service. These services need thousands of users to make it viable. Scale is the game.

While we customers enjoy the convenience, most of us have no idea what a rough sea this delivery business is. Pizza hut do 30 minute delivery with their own cadre of delivery army. They do pizza hut delivery only. They are fondly called ‘suicide squad’ by taxi drivers, obviously because of the way they drive to deliver with in 30 minutes.

In Uber Eats and Pickme Food, non-employee freelance riders are connecting multiple restaurants to hungry customers. It’s a rougher sea. Tech and People are needed to be in perfect symphony. Customers are getting grumpy and impatient by every passing minute. Welcome to the world of convenience driven by Gig economy.

But this convenience comes at a price. Some issues are now coming in to surface. Majority of Uber and PickMe taxi drivers I drive with are not happy. They do not get many rides as they used to, because there are many vehicles in both services.  Price per Km is fixed, even though fuel prices are in the rise ( inflation) .

It’s way too early to tell what will stick and what will not. Is Gig economy the new evil? It is easier to condemn new things as a fad. But Gig economy is here to stay. Can we make it work for betterment of every stakeholder by balancing the benefits?

A brave new wild world is waiting to happen. What do you think?