Reflection on the Future Labor Market

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Amber Watson
Article Reflection: Are You Getting Ready for 2025?

Believe it or not, most people that surround us daily spend more time wishing their lives away, rather than planning for an actual future. In order to promote success in one’s professional development, our society emphasizes certain principles more than others, for example, independence and leadership. Although these traits are important for overall achievement, we as a society tend to normalize certain behaviors and beliefs that can become counter-productive over time. Universities offer curriculums that teach students about morals and ethics within the workplace; however, students often find that once they enter into “the field,” most of these concepts have gone out the window.

Picture this: the semester is almost over and a majority of your peers are about to graduate. Everyone agrees that their personal lives are non-existent; the little time one has for personal time is plagued by exhaustion...! You constantly hear: “Damn! I can’t wait to be done!” “This needs to end quick!” Its difficult to “see the big picture” and close to impossible to look10 years in advance to envision where you will be. (poor planning/brainstorming; poor usage of “extra time”/”mind power”)

Or, maybe one of your co-workers truly believes that they are helping everyone around them by becoming “the human countdown timer” after lunch. In order for them to continue providing an every “10 to 15 minute update” on the remaining time of the day (“T minus 120 minutes”), THEY have decided that forfeiting any work-related responsibilities/duties is necessary. (poor work conduct/attitudes; little internal motivation/self discipline)

These behaviors are examples of what NOT to do. These people will eventually learn how to make better use of their time if they plan on staying employed in the future. In today’s world, an...
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