The displaced professional has become the new Everyman and Everywoman.
The factors range from technological change to simple aging. Regarding the latter, over-40 can be the kiss of death in glam fields. And over-50 is in even the exit ramp for in-the-background jobs.
After all, the Georgetown University Center on Education & the Workforce projects 5.6 million more jobs in the field by 2020. Here are the details.
However, the frontlines demand certain personality traits.
At the top of the list is the ability to always-be-on with the public. That requirement mirrors what makes for success in retail and the restaurant industry.
Think about it: Some salespersons and some waiters make a lot of money through commission and tips. Some don't. The latter usually can't maintain an intense ethos of smiling service. They're not cut out for it. Usually they get it and move onto another career track.
Years ago, my sisters who were nurses, used to discuss that code of being there for the patients. Recently, when I had eye surgery, I experienced it directly. Of course, I was scared. That angst was lowered by the attentive frontlines, including the surgeon.
Healthcare, though, is a big sprawling line of work. Non-frontline jobs are also plentiful. Consider processing insurance claims, medical devices, research and development of medications, copywriting and policy planning.
Before investing funds for training and hope for the future in what seems like a promising career path, talk to those already doing that kind of work. Ask for candid input. And, yes, ask if they size you up as having the social intelligence for the frontlines.
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