Obsolete Jobs: How To Recognise Them

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When your university degree has not prepared you for obsolete jobs what should do?The Nigerian universities are training students for jobs that no longer exist,” said Prof. Labode Popoola, the Vice Chancellors of Osun State University.

The traits of obsolete jobs are always staring in your face but the common challenge with obsolete jobs is that you might not recognise them. It is important to recognise these jobs especially when you want to make the decision that will have an impact on your career; both in the short run and in the long run. Do you think you currently have an obsolete job? Let us take a closer look at some key traits you need to look out for.

Industry Leaders Have Been There Too Long

Do you work in an industry where those at the forefront have not changed over a long period of time due to a lack of initiatives and growth? If this description fits your job, then it is highly likely that such a job isn’t far from going obsolete.

The traditional media industry (print and broadcast) is one of the biggest culprits of having obsolete jobs. There are several job roles in this industry, which have either become obsolete or are on the verge of becoming outdated. This also means that opportunities in such industries will remain slim, hence, the probability for leaders to have less competition.

Job Change Improves Nothing

Have you ever heard professionals say they refused to leave because it is same everywhere? If moving out from an organisation to another won’t improve your situation, it is high time to carry out an x-ray of your job to find out if it has gone obsolete.

The reason for job hopping is to garner experience, career growth opportunities, training and better pay benefits but if you keep changing jobs within a certain industry without any significant career growth or progression, then this is something to worry about.

Job Relevance

If you become a newbie in the same job today, would you be willing to take the same job in the long term? A very great way to gauge obsolete jobs is that if you had graduated today, would there still be need and demand for such a job?

Final Thoughts on Obsolete Jobs

Recognising obsolete jobs is important to avoid investing your career path in them and in a case where you are already in such a job, it is time to take a step back to strategize. Decide on what your next career move should be, find relevant training, mentorship, internship and opportunities to begin to plot your path away from obsolete jobs into something better.

What jobs do you currently consider obsolete?

Princewill Akuma
Princewill is a marketing maven, who is passionate about user-centric marketing. His experience spans Tech service, Recruitment, Media and Entertainment sectors across Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Tanzania. He's a career adviser, mentor, hobbyist DJ and a lover of cardio exercise with a personal record of 23.49 km. Let's connect, i'll love to hear from you.