Your future career? I am an amateur futurist. What is a futurist? A futurist is not a fortune-teller. A futurist studies trends and tries to envision how those trends will affect the future. In my case, I look at trends affecting the workplace and try to visualize how those trends will affect our future careers.

Why is it important to understand workplace trends? If you were born during the millennial generation years (roughly the last two decades of the Twentieth Century), you likely were blindsided by the Great Recession of 2008-2009. You followed your parent’s advice and got a good education but were not able to find that career job that would provide your life long security. The job market had changed and what worked for your parents and grandparents no longer works for you.

Companies are no longer hiring workers. They are contracting with temp agencies to rent employees to do a specific job. Unions perfected the hiring hall in the twenties. I was raised during the thirties. My neighbor was a longshoreman. He would go to the hiring hall in the morning. If a ship was in, he worked. If not, he came home. Temp agencies have finessed the hiring hall with specialized agencies for Rent-A-Cop and Your-Maid-Service. If your temp service had cleaning work to do you worked, If not, you starved.

In the 60s almost all hotel employees were direct hires. Unions were strong and wages were good. Today, most of the people you see in hotels are hired by temp organizations and are paid at minimum wage.

Unless you recognize the trends affecting your life and learn how to adapt to today’s economy you may be relegated to a life on the edge.