With our debt ceiling reaching an all-time, this recession has shown us several things that we could do differently in order to better prepare ourselves for a financially secure future. Such as maximizing our 401(k), considering a Roth, preparing ourselves for a long term, stable career, and considering multiple ways to generate income – not only to make ends meet, but also to prepare ourselves for the possibility of job loss when downsizing occurs. So what are the best possible career moves that you can make to ensure that you have the money that you need each month to pay your bills even during retirement? You simply need to invest in yourself!

One step that you can take towards investing in yourself and your future could include taking a critical look at the job market and considering what occupations are currently in demand and will continue to be in demand for years to come. Analysts have predicted that the following careers are not only on the rise, but will continue to be around for the next generation of consumers. Some of these positions and fields include…

1.      Engineering
2.      Health Care
3.      Personal and Home Care Aides
4.      Technology, specifically IT

5.      Project Management                                 
6.      Financial Advisers
7.      Sale Representatives
Now that you have read through the careers of the future and have discovered that you may be interested in one of the fields noted above but perhaps don’t possess the background, consider taking on additional training that will not place you in debt but will provide you with a jump start to a new long term career.
Or if working for someone else is beginning to dampen your spirit, consider the possibility of owning your own business. Entrepreneurship may not be for everyone, but for some of you it could open up a world of new possibilities, job satisfaction, and unlimited earning potential. Consider what hobbies and interests you have that could possibly be turned into a business. This will provide you with a great place to start for a new business venture.
Finally, if you are comfortable with your current position, but realize that an additional income would better prepare you for the future; consider obtaining another job (perhaps part time) that you could balance between your current employment and your lifestyle. The internet is a valuable tool to assist consumers in obtaining additional earning opportunities where they can work at home and enjoy the flexibility of a new found career.