With the constant reports of layoffs and rising unemployment, will more people choose secure occupations over more prestigious or exciting ones? I graduated high school shortly after the dot-com bust and, as a result, never considered a career in information technology. High school and college students, as well as workers who have experienced layoffs, may see the value in a recession-resistant job. Government, education, and health-care jobs are already attracting applicants from other industries.
While job security is a great thing to have, choosing a career solely for the job security is not a good idea. For one, recession proof industries such as education and health-care involve working with people who need compassionate professionals that really have an interest in helping others. Second, you might have a personality or interests that aren’t suited to some of these occupations. There are many careers that will still offer job opportunities in a recession, so don’t just choose the obvious. Everyone looks to secure industries in a bad economy, but don’t let a recession scare you into a career that’s not right for you.