If you are looking around your current career and things are looking grim, maybe it's time to take a look at the industry you are in. Are you working for a mortgage broker? Is the industry you are working in crumbling with the rest of the economy?
If you are, it may be time to step back and take another look at things, which is just what Jessica Dickler discusses in this article for CNN.
Dickler writes about a man named James Donato, who had spent much of his adult life working in the mortgage industry as a recruiter for a temp agency. He soon found himself in trouble in industries that were not growing. He did some research and found that the healthcare industry, despite the recession, is actually growing. As such, he shifted gears and now became a recruiter for nurses and is thriving.
According to a Dan King, who works for Career Planning and Management Inc. and quoted in the article, "Honing in on his skills and targeting a particular industry was one of the best things he could have done for himself."
Take stock of your skills. What are you particularly good at? Then take the time to do some research on what industries are still doing well. Can those skills be applied to any of those areas? If the answer is yes, you may need to seriously think about changing careers despite the fear and angst that often goes along with that.
So, don't let the news of the job markets get you down. There is a way to make yourself "recession-proof" if you are willing to make a change.