As the economy continues its downturn jobs become scarcer, especially in the service sector. As of this writing the official jobless rate is 9.5% (we all know it probably double that) and June saw 467,000 job cut. This does not bode well for many, and in my opinion, for those whose skills lie solely in the field of the service sector. Those people have no really useful skills should business stop functioning or the tech sector fall apart.
How many today are unable to do simple repairs around the house or maintenance on their vehicles?
Expand your skills are learn how to do things. Carpentry, Masonry, Electrical, Welding, Vehicle maintenance, Gardening, Farming, Animal Husbandry, etc. The list can be huge. These are just things that sprang forth from the top of my head. It’s useful to know things, and with today’s access to information, there is no excuse not to learn and practice. It can seem daunting at first, but if you’ve been networking you’ve probably met those with skills that are willing to teach or coach you.
Take a look at the Preparedness Capabilities Checklist to get an idea of the skills YOU need or think you need to have.