The 9 Most Important 2022 Career Trends

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1. More Unemployment

Though layoffs have died down at this point, people are still losing jobs, though now it is voluntarily.  Work conditions have created what is known as the “Great Resignation” where people are more willing to leave jobs that aren’t doing it for them.  Analysts predict that risk-taking strategy will extend into 2022.

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2. More Automated Job

Some companies have responded to the labor shortage by looking to replace laborers altogether.  It is a natural process that some jobs will eventually become so efficient that machines can take them over, but it is undeniably taking work away from workers.

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3. Social Media Being an Employment Factor

As much as employees hate it, employers continue to check up on your social media accounts. Finances Online cites that 70% of employers do so. It is understandable how easy it is for an activity to go viral and damage reputations, but it is also aggravating for those who value their privacy.

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4. More Freelance Work

Many who were laid off decided not to just wait around for companies to start hiring again. More people turned to either starting their own businesses or else selling their services to whoever needed them rather than devoting to any one company.

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5. Technology Making New Jobs

Technology does not just automate jobs to the point of making people obsolete.  New technological advances also produce new careers. Finances Online cites that in France alone, the internet took away over 500,000 jobs over the last 15 years, but it also created over 1.2 million.

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6. A Retiring Generation

Aging never stops, so baby boomers were always closer and closer to phasing out of work roles.  But the new challenges of Covid threw a lot to learn at a generation that has already seen a lot.  These new hurdles are prompting many older workers to move up their retirement 

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6. A Retiring Generation

plans so they can step away from the stress of working during Covid.

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7. More Wrong Fits for Roles

A side effect of remote work is more companies were willing to hire people who were further away.  However, this can also lead to people being so disconnected with an area or company that their skills are not as transferrable as they thought.

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8. Personal Skills Are More Valued

Humans are social creatures, and few people enjoyed the increased isolation of so much social distancing.  This has now made people skills a much more valued quality, in some cases more so than what you can learn with a degree. Though technology is always the future, people still crave the personal touch when they can have it.

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9. Know the Technology

Perhaps the biggest accelerated trend is our dependence on digital tools.  Employees who were not computer savvy had to learn quickly in an era of remote work and Zoom conferences.  Even if the “new normal” comes to an end, there is no going back with technology, so don’t drag your feet on learning the 

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9. Know the Technology

software and apps that you hear everyone mentioning.

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