What does the future hold for a teenanger in the job world

It would be unforgivable to even suggest that the future is going to resemble the present. The old employment market is already in a museum, where it belongs. It's a case of that environment not adapting to the inhabitants.

However, the new environment, if it allows a lot more flexibility, is also much more variable. It's going to be a case of ongoing learning, finding the new niches, the new markets for skills, and making multi level careers, perhaps in several different areas.

You might, for example, have an IT job, and turn your graphic art and music into separate careers, using the IT skills. A lot of the graphics stuff crosses over into other areas, like advertising, web design, etc. All you'd need, really, would be some pretty fundamental hands-on training in the media being used, which would take maybe a few weeks.

This is called integration of your skill set, where you can operate across job environments. You can be a full time worker, a contract worker, and a part time worker, all at the same time.

You can see the obvious advantages. You have not one, but multiple possible roles, in any work environment, in any set of jobs.

That is something quite new, and the ramifications for the whole idea of career and work are almost infinite.

It also adds a new dimension to training. You can put together a sort of module of skills, which you can fit to a range of possible paying roles, just by filling in the missing bits with training.

Training and education are currently in the stages of a full blown revolution, having priced themselves out of the market for a lot of people. Those prices have effectively guaranteed an undersupply of trained people. That's opened up the space for online universities, training colleges, and private enterprise education. The education system is being forced to adapt. Prices are being forced to be competitive, too, which is good news for anyone wanting to learn new skills.

Doesn't matter if your 15 or 50, those opportunities, in some form, will always be there. The world needs trained people.

Unskilled workers are rapidly becoming extinct, and the demand for skilled workers is growing at an incredible rate. Even the developed countries are quite literally screaming for as many trained people as they can get.

As a teenager, you can ride this new wave, as far as you want. You're lucky, in one sense, that you can access all the new stuff as fast as it comes in. Some ideas:

Stay current, particularly with the things where your talents can be turned into paying work. Common sense, and it's an excuse to use your talents where they can do you some good.

Try and stay ahead of changes in the work environment. See them coming, learn about them, be ready to use them as assets when the opportunities show up. (Really, it's easy. There's always a lag time between something coming on the market and it showing up in the workplace.) You'll also get a good reputation as someone who's up to date, which is invaluable. People will ask for your opinions, because you're more likely to know what you're talking about. And you will, too.

Be wary of anyone who's looking like they're backward, or regressive, in the way they do business. These are the real dinosaurs, and you don't need to go to the museum with them.

Do your own thinking. This is vital. Other people may have valuable information, ideas, and opinions, but make sure you know why you're making your decisions. Nobody else does your breathing for you, either.

Careers aren't made entirely out of luck. The perspiration/inspiration ratio varies a lot, more than most people think, but it really means doing the right thing at the right time. To do that, you have to be working from a position of strength, where you have the ability to do the right things.

One final bit of advice, which summarizes the rest, and can be used in any future situation:

Never give up.