Learn How to Future Proof Your Career With Fairygodboss’s Jan. 9 Webinar

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Is your list of New Year’s resolutions full of bold career moves? Let this upcoming webinar be the first step toward crushing your professional goals in 2020.

Fairygodboss, the largest online career community for women, is hosting a free hour-long webinar dedicated to Future-Proofing Your Career Jan. 9, 12 p.m. Eastern time. The event is open to all ― not only women.

Come ready to “learn about the latest trends in the way we work, discover ways to future-proof your skillset, and identify whether it’s time to double down on your current path or make a big career shift,” the event page states.

To secure your spot at the webinar, you first need to create a profile on Fairygodboss’s website using a Google or Facebook account or an email address. Then click “register” on the event page. Fairygodboss will automatically send out event reminders one week, one day and one hour before the event.

Lisa Lewis, a career change coach, is the featured speaker. Lewis founded the “Career Clarity” method and is one of seven coaches in the world trained in the “Pivot” method, popularized by Jenny Blake’s book Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One

Lewis knows a thing or two about changing careers. She was a fashion writer at Seventeen and Teen Vogue, a marketing executive at 2U and Edelman and carried several other titles before landing on career coach.

As economic uncertainty looms over 2020, her career advice is designed to help you weather the storm should one come a-blowin.’ Particularly important: building a skillset that’s ready for economic and industry changes – rather than scrambling to react to them.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes the Occupational Outlook Handbook, a useful tool to anticipate what jobs and skills are changing. The current handbook projects job trends all the way out to 2028. Employment in all (non-farming) industries is expected to increase by 5%, but some occupations — thanks to automation and other technological advances — are in steep decline.

According to BLS data, the job facing the largest percentage decrease is locomotive firers (technically because the field is so small) with a projected 68% drop in jobs by 2028. However, many popular jobs will see huge losses, too. 

  • Typists and word processors can expect a 33.8% loss of jobs.
  • Legal secretary jobs will fall 20.9%.
  • Postal service mail carrier jobs will decline 19.8%.
  • Bank tellers face a 12.2% drop in employment.

Even computer programming — a field often touted as smart to pivot into — is slated to shrink by 7.2%.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. Some jobs robots can’t do (yet). App developers will boom by 25.6% — with a median income of more than $100,000. Several trades will see healthy growth, too. Construction workers, electricians and carpenters can expect a 10.5%, 10.4% and 8% boost in employment, respectively.

Not sure if your career field is safe? What skills should you be honing now? Bring your questions for Lewis on Thursday, Jan. 9. And if you can’t make the live webinar, check Fairygodboss’s past event list for a recording of the event.

Adam Hardy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. He covers the gig economy, entrepreneurship and unique ways to make money. Read his ​latest articles here, or say hi on Twitter @hardyjournalism.