New Opportunities With Lifelong Learning

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the new opportunities available to us when we link Lifelong Learning and Internet Marketing.

I was relating this to how everyone – from baby-boomers like me, to students just starting their working lives – needs to be prepared for life-long learning. These new opportunities can be needed at every stage of life:

  • From extra cash as a student
  • To cash-strapped families
  • For people needing to supplement poor pension provisions
  • Those who just want a new challenge starting a part-time online business in retirement

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When I started work, none of the jobs below existed, or were even dreamed of.  No doubt in 30 years time there will be a whole new batch of jobs that I can't even imagine here.

For students at uni there's a real danger that they are learning a skill that will become redundant within their working life.

Even IT Has Changed Massively

Some of the older generation may think of IT (Information Technology) as a very new industry. But even that has changed massively.

computer-px_250Originally I trained as a computer programmer when I left school. The languages I learned first off are largely unheard of now, outside of an IT museum.

And I wonder what happened to the punched card operators who transferred to punched cards the programs that I painstakingly wrote out, in pencil, onto “coding sheets”.

Those punched cards were then sent to an air-conditioned vault where a walk-in sized computer was tended alternately by day and night shift operators.

The stack of cards was “compiled” overnight, and a full day's work could be wasted by one mis-punched hole.

Those of us who curried favor with the computer operators might be lucky enough to have our mistake repaired and manage a second compilation the same night. A beer down the “Gardeners Arms” on a Friday lunchtime was the usual recommendation.

At the time punched cards and overnight test runs seemed so normal.

We would never have imagined that within just a few years we would be typing our programs directly into a desk-top computer and having several “compilations” per hour – until we perfected the program, often the same day, instead of within a couple of weeks if we worked hard.

Although computer programmers existed 30 years ago – in a very different form – many jobs as we know of them today were never even dreamed of 30 years ago.

12 Jobs That Didn't Exist 30 Years Ago

  1. Website Developer
  2. Social Media Manager
  3. Uber Driver
  4. Mobile App Developer
  5. SEO Analyst
  6. Zumba Instructor
  7. Virtual Assistant
  8. Blogger
  9. Drone Operator
  10. Genetic Counselor
  11. Offshore Wind Warm Engineer
  12. Those involving new medical techniques, such as MRI & CT scanning etc.

So we can almost certainly conclude that many of the jobs that exist today will become redundant sooner or later. For instance when did you last see an advert for a lamplighter?

Which means that over your lifetime you will almost certainly need to update your skillset completely – at least once if not more than once.

Updating Skills

So my own career in IT has been one of massive change over the years. And if I had tried to stay writing my programs onto paper coding sheets, I wouldn't have the amount of work I still have today.

I had to learn new skills and adapt to the changing world. As have most people of my age. Consider the lost skills leading to the daily printed newspaper 20 or 30 years ago. You can probably think of many more skills that are now redundant – or rather, massively changed.

Some of the above salaries – per job – may make the average Internet Marketer drool. Yet as solopreneurs we must have at least a passing knowledge of many of them in our business (or be prepared to buy the skills in).

Skills An Internet Marketer Must Master

Let's just pick a few of the above skills you will need to take your business online:

  • SEO Specialist
  • Web Analyst
  • Blogger
  • Social Media Manager
  • Information Security Analyst
  • User Experience Designer

If you add together the salaries indicated in the infographic, or think of hiring a freelance to do them, that's a lot of money and a lot of skills! But that's what the small-time Internet Marketer is up against.

The infographic doesn't even mention jobs such as “Email List Manager” or “Copywriter” (the latter did of course exist 30 years ago, and is a very highly prized skill).

With costs like those, no wonder we tend to DIY (and often make a botch of it) instead of hiring experts.

Rather than DIY on product creation, I have chosen to go down the route of affiliate marketing, where most of the technical jobs have been done for me.

But there are still skills that anyone running a business needs, because without knowing how to get visitors to your website / market your product, you're going nowhere.

You can learn these skills at Internet Marketing College (affiliate link).

Over To You

As always I'm interested to hear your thoughts about the new opportunities presented to us over the last 30 years – either in employment, or – more excitingly – to start your own online business. Please comment and share.

Joy Healey

I left it too late to plan for a financially secure retirement. Don't make my mistake. Start building an extra income with a part-time (or full-time) business online. Think you don't have time? Can't afford the start-up cost? Can't meet sales targets? Contact me for free advice (no obligation) on the best fit for your circumstances. Exciting retirement business opportunities here.

Ravi Chahar - September 26, 2016

Hey Joy,

IT has changed a lot. In the previous years, people were not having the opportunities like today.

As you have mentioned in the infographics, the virtual assistants, bloggers, and many other new jobs are there.

People can learn a lot of new professions now.
Thanks for elaborating it.

    Joy Healey - September 29, 2016

    Hi Ravi,

    “IT” seemed much more “fun” in my day, and you could get into it much more easily than you can now. So I started straight from school with no specific qualification for the job other than that my Mum thought I’d like it. And she was right. Not sure if you could do that so easily these days. And not sure requiring all these qualifications is a good thing. Perhaps in five or six years bloggers will have to have a degree – and we’ll be ahead of the game again 🙂

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Edward Thorpe - September 26, 2016

Hi Joy,

Enjoyed your stroll down memory lane. Being somewhat your elder, I of course, recall those early IT days. (don’t remember labeling such as IT, though)

When I was selling big ticket items, I almost always had to close in person or, at the least, over the phone.

Your alternative method sounds interesting. I’m really wishing you great success with it.

    Joy Healey - September 30, 2016

    Hi Edward,

    Now you’ve got me trying to remember if we called it IT way back then 🙂

    Yes, I do prefer to talk to people in person before they make a high-ticket purchase. Don’t want any misunderstandings! Until I get my head round everything, my sponsor is happy to do that on a three-way call. However people seem reluctant to chat!

    Working in this supportive team is removing a lot of the pressure I was feeling with the marketing methods the young’uns are so comfortable with. Will keep you posted!

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Amar kumar - September 27, 2016

Hey Joy,

For the first twenty-two years or so of our lives, our main job is learning. The bulk of our time is spent in classrooms acquiring new knowledge. And then, once we graduate, we feel like the education phase of our lives is done and now it’s time to go out into the world.Learning is the minimum requirement for success in our field.

Information and knowledge on everything is increasing every day. This means that our knowledge must also increase to keep up. Becoming a lifelong learner help to earn more money in traditional employment, autodidacticism can be the gateway to self-employment and starting our own business.

This keeps us on pace and prevents from falling behind. Many people think that reading an occasional book and keeping current with blogs and newsletters is the equivalent of adding to their education. Lifelong learning ensures that by learning new skills, discovering new interests and meeting new people we are only more capable of building long-term successful careers. Thanks for sharing your worthy experience with us.

With best wishes,

Amar kumar

    Joy Healey - September 29, 2016

    Hi Amar,

    It’s scary just how much “new” knowledge has been created since I was in school. I think my big problem with school, and therefore traditional learning, was that they never actually hit on anything I was interested in. When I left, I thought – and hoped – that was the end of “learning”.

    Luckily I got sent to day-release college by my first employer and finally I found subjects I was interested in. Problem is, my partner at the time couldn’t figure out why I wanted to spend time with my head in books. I was lucky, later, to find and marry someone who did share my newly awakened enthusiasm for learning and he encouraged me, finally, to do the degree that actually got me “thinking and questioning things”. I owe him a big debt of gratitude for that.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Fabrizio Van Marciano - September 30, 2016

Hey Joy great article and infographic.

Wow what an eye opener right?

Even 23 years ago when I left college not many of those jobs even existed.

I had no idea what I was actually going to end up doing, and so I’m very thankful for the internet lol.

I try to make sure I keep up with a lot of the new information and knowledge as I can in my industry, as a home business owner I think it’s important to keep up with the latest trends.

But things change and evolve constantly and it can be super challenging at the best of times.

Thanks again for sharing this Joy, interesting to see the income for some of these job rolls.

    Joy Healey - September 30, 2016

    Hi Fabrizio,

    Came as a real surprise to me how much some of these professions are (allegedly) paid.

    Just shows how much we solopreneurs are worth to our own business because we “have a go” at many of them. Whether this is a good thing or not is a moot point. Sometimes it’s better to just shell out the money and get the job done professionally in the first place.

    Yes, it’s so important to keep up with new developments, and also to “work on yourself” too.

    Glad you like the post – I came across it as a shareable resource and infographics are usually very popular 🙂

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Reji - October 2, 2016

Hi Joy,

Nice to be here again from the PAC blog rotator and glad to read about the changes in IT and blogging related careers. Careers like SEO specialist, Web Analyzer, Social media manager etc, etc will give inspiration for those who are very new to blogging.

Thanks for sharing a great article as well as the wonderful infographic that speaks a lot.

Have a great day.

Reji Stephenson

    Joy Healey - October 2, 2016

    Hi Reji,

    Glad to see you here again.

    Yes, it must be encouraging to people to learn that that something that may have started out as a hobby, or side-line, could turn into a well-paid career.

    Glad you enjoyed the infographic.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Alicia Osmera - October 2, 2016

Hi Joy,

I enjoyed your insight into this.

Thanks for sharing.

    Joy Healey - October 2, 2016

    Hi Alicia,

    Glad you got something out of it – and hope your husband’s health problems are improving.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Robin Khokhar - October 7, 2016

Hi Joy,
The first job is learning and then the rest of the jobs comes. And you are right that there are now many new jobs there.
And also thanks for sharing the post.
have a good day.

    Joy Healey - October 10, 2016

    Hi Robin,

    That’s right – learning must come first. It always amazes me how many people think they can just start off as complete newcomers to online business and start earning without learning.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Kim Willis - October 10, 2016

Hi Joy,

Fascinating Infographic. I wonder what it will look like in another 20 years.

One of the big trends is the rise of people who are either working from home or wanting to work from home. I reckon in the future we will see further increases in the numbers of people starting a home business.

Another interesting trend that was not in play 20 years ago is the digital nomad trend. I am grateful that the internet has enabled me to pursue my dream to build a business as a digital nomad.

Great post, Joy


    Joy Healey - October 10, 2016

    Hi Kim,

    The thought of the opportunities in 20 years time is as mind-blowing to me as the last 30 years have been to my parents’ generation.

    Increasing numbers of people wanting to work from home / start an online business can only be good news for those of us who have already taken steps in that direction, and are willing to hold out the hand of friendship to newcomers to “our world”.

    While I have no ambitions to become a digital nomad I’m grateful that the Internet lets me take my business “on the road” to spend time with my Dad and go on my “dancing weekend”. The cruises are a bit of a challenge with the price of the Internet at sea, but as long as I schedule in a few port excursions it’s normally fine.

    Thanks for dropping by again, Kim.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

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