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Jobs At Risk of Offshoring

Drawing on new and existing research focused on job movement and potential displacement in the U.S., the researchers indicated as many as 25 percent of American jobs could be offshored in the years ahead, at risk of replacement by foreign competition. And half of all low-skill jobs could eventually be automated, potentially displacing millions of U.S. work

Chinese Steel, Aluminum Loom Over Made in America Wee

“We do not wish to be alarmist. Both trade and automation related economic growth are hallmarks of a vibrant economy,” they said. “The findings of direct and indirect impacts of displacement are not homogeneous across populations. The negative long-term impacts of displacement have been found to be worse for low-skilled, less-educated workers, who are likely to work in more vulnerable jobs.”

The study goes on to profile specific communities that have essentially become trapped in an economically treacherous cycle, noting that a disproportionate percentage of business expansion and job growth in recent years has been enjoyed by only a small number of metropolitan areas. Since the recession that ended in 2009, researchers estimate “half the net establishment growth [or business formation] in the United States … occurred in just 0.64 percent of the more than 3,100 U.S. counties.”

 This has allowed some regions of the country to diversify their local workforces and limit exposure to automation and offshoring. But it has also generated a sort of “clustering” in which communities see wealth diminish as opportunities dry up. Those with the means and skillsets to find jobs elsewhere are more likely to move away, taking their skills and education with them. The low-skill opportunities left over in the wake of this population flight – like manufacturing and industrial positions – are often among the most at-risk of automation or displacement

T]here is a great degree of regional variation in the risk of job losses due to offshoring and automation. There are clear clusters of high risk in the industrialized Midwest and in several urban places across the country,” the report says. “Industrial structure, educational attainment and the degree of rurality all affect the potential employment risk of increased automation and trade-related job losses.”

The Aleutians East Borough of Alaska was found to be the single highest-risk area for both offshorability and automation. But rural counties in Mississippi, Georgia, Indiana, Virginia and the Carolinas were all found to be particularly vulnerable to job displacement

Turn Your Summer Internship Into a Full-Time Job

If you’re interning this summer, don’t get too comfortable – spin it right and you might be able to parlay that internship into a full-time job offer when the summer is over. But if that’s your goal, you need to be actively working toward it all summer long. Here’s how to best position yourself to turn your experience as an intern into a permanent job

Take your work seriously

You might think that you’re “only” doing intern work, but even if the work is low-level, people will notice if you’re cavalier toward it. Apply yourself to the low-level tasks and you might be offered more interesting, advanced work. But treat it carelessly and no one will trust you with other work opportunities. Plus, the work you do probably impacts other people. If you don’t turn something in on time, you may delay other pieces of the project. If your work is sloppy or incomplete, someone else will have to spend time redoing it. Unlike in school, other people are relying on the work you p

Speak up if you don’t have enough to do

Occasional downtime isn’t a big deal, but if you’re regularly being left without enough work, talk to your manager. Explain that you’re frequently finding yourself without anything to do and ask if there are longer-term projects you could take on to keep busy. You can also offer to help out others in the office; you may find that when your manager is too busy to set you up with new projects, others would be grateful for the help.roduce, so it’s important to approach it with care. Similarly …

Do grunt work cheerfully

Even if you get stuck filing or collating documents, don’t act bored or too good for low-level work. That’s what summer internships are often about! The idea is that you’re proving yourself on the basics in order to demonstrate that you can be trusted with more complicated, higher-stakes work. And you’re also getting exposure to professionals working in your field in exchange for being available for some of the less desirable tasks. That’s the bargain at the core of a lot of internships, and it’s one that pays off if you embrace it. However …

Dress appropriately for your office – and ask for guidance if needed.

Terms like “business casual” can be confusing even to people who have been in the workforce for years, so don’t be shy about asking for advice if you’re not sure you’re dressing professionally enough. Employers would much rather have interns speak up and ask for help with dress code issues than have them show up in something inappropriate for the office. (But some quick tips: You can’t go wrong by avoiding flip flops, tank tops and anything that reveals more skin than you’d reveal if you were having lunch with your conservative and beloved grandmother.)

But not too many questions

If your employer is a good one, your colleagues want you to learn and will welcome questions. But be sure to remember that they’re there to get work done, so pick your time and place wisely. A tense or hurried meeting isn’t the place to give your curiosity free rein. Similarly, when someone is frazzled or on deadline, confine your questions to those that are essential.

Ask questions

 You’re there to learn, so don’t be shy about asking questions. That’s especially true if you’re assigned work that you don’t fully understand how to do. It’s better to ask upfront than have to redo it all later. And at some point, make sure you ask “How am I doing?” and “What could I be doing better?” Those are questions that can get you really valuable input on your work and work habits.


About your work while writing on the wall

Are you willing to fight for your career?

On the other hand, if this is your dream job, this is your chance to fight for it. If your superior didn’t give you an answer to make you feel that your job is safe due to your performance, ask them what you can do to improve the situation. If needed, schedule a separate meeting with your boss and go in willing to accept feedback and suggestions. Decide on a reasonable time frame for implementing improvements and set a follow-up appointment. Do your best to fit into the office culture and show you want to be a part of the company. This may include staying after hours, going to work early or being more dedicated and positive about your work. Ask a trusted co-worker for their honest opinion as to how you currently fit in with the office culture and what changes you could make.

Are you sure your job is on the line?

Are you just being paranoid or is your job actually in danger? There is a difference between needing to step up your performance after one bad project outcome and regularly performing poorly. There is also a difference between a few office cutbacks and being told that the company is going to merge with another one. In either case, don’t just go on hearsay from people on your team. The easiest way to find out facts is to ask your superiors. Schedule a meeting with your boss and ask him directly if your job is in danger. If he doesn’t give you an answer that makes you feel confident, it’s time to ask yourself the next question.

Is this your dream job or is it just paying the bills?

 How you feel about your job will help you to decide what your next steps will be. If you aren’t in love with your job or career, this may provide an opportunity you have been avoiding or putting off. In simple terms, it is time to move on. It will be much better for your job search to say you left your last position than to say you were fired from your last position. Saying you were fired usually raises red flags for hiring managers. So if the signs are clear that your job is coming to an end, update your resume, put some feelers out with your professional network and start the job hunt. Most managers will appreciate that an employee leaves willingly instead of having to be fired. And in most cases, the hardship that comes with being fired isn’t worth any small benefits you may get from it

Mindset Work

Are you overly influenced by what colleagues think of you?

There’s no way around it – not everyone is going to like you at work. But beware of the toxic habit of putting so much stake in other people’s opinion of you and your work style that you become frozen by fear of taking risks and being creative.

Professional jealousy or a night of little sleep may be what’s behind your co-worker’s critiques about your latest project rather than the merit of your work itself. Whatever the reason, if you aspire to be a leader, it’s important to learn how to stand up for yourself and push for your ideas even when others don’t agree with them.

 If you find yourself becoming more focused on feedback than on being yourself and doing your work, then it’s time for an attitude adjustment. Evaluate what people at work say and how they react to you, then form your own opinions about which comments have merit and which don’t. If you’re going to succeed in your career, you need to develop the strength of character to move forward in the face of detractors rather than internalizing criticism and letting it hold you back.

Are your expectations of others too high?

Whether it’s expecting your boss to mind-read about your desire for a promotion, or wanting your cube mate to ask you out to lunch more often, sometimes your own issues can keep you stuck in toxic thinking that hampers your office relationships. If this sounds familiar, consider whether you’re projecting your own preferences about how to act onto the people around you.

For example, maybe you’re the type of person who, if made a supervisor, would always acknowledge your employees’ progress with recognition – but your manager never seems to notice your achievements. Or maybe you think of yourself as a thoughtful kind of person who would never forget a colleague’s birthday and celebrate it with a desk full of flowers – yet those on your team have never even said “happy birthday” to you, much less given you a card.

While these situations can be hurtful, take a step back and see if the actions of others are truly egregious, or if they just don’t match what you would have done. If you find yourself frequently disappointed by what others do or don’t do at work, change this negative mindset by recognizing when your expectations are out of bounds.

Are you drawn toward gossip, negativity and complaints? Sometimes it isn’t what you do that determines how you feel at work – it’s who you interact with. If you often find yourself drawn toward gripers, gossipers or negative people, it can be hard to stay positive. Think about whether you’re most often spending time with people at work who are keeping you stuck in stinkin’ thinkin’.

While you may think that no one notices, there’s a good bet that your managers and other colleagues are aware that you’re misusing your time by complaining. What’s more, by focusing on everything that’s wrong in the office or on people who bug you, you tend to magnify the importance of these problems rather than solve them.

There’s only one solution to this one, and it’s simple but not always easy: Walk away from any and all sources of negativity. While it may be uncomfortable to shift your alliances to more positive ones, it will help your career in the long run.