BE READY FOR THE BRAIN EXCHANGE
WHAT THIS MEANS TO YOU
When we talk about workers in the Gig Economy, we’re not just talking about Uber and Lyft drivers, though they are a part of this trend. The Gig Economy is full of subject matter experts who are available for hire.
This mass of human expertise, which is available to every employer on the planet, is often called the Human Cloud.
Anyone who has a skill that someone else might utilize can be online waiting for their next ‘gig’ (short-term) assignment. Writers. Architects. Accountants. Electricians. Sculptors. Engineers. Architects. Programmers. Web Designers. Costume Designers. CGI Technicians. Psychologists. Furniture Makers. Historians. Caterers. Bookkeepers. Political Consultants. Doctors. Word Processing Specialists. Cartoonists. Statisticians. Lawyers. Historians.
Some folks who ‘join’ the Human Cloud have full-time traditional jobs and are looking for after-hours work to bolster their full-time income. Others may be online because they want more control over their work life than would be possible with a traditional 40-hour-a-week job. As more and more employers begin to see the value of bolstering their their full-time workforce with contract staff, more ‘gig’ jobs will become available. High school and college students can earn part-time income to support their education or pay for their transportation needs if have a skill that employers can use.
Regardless of the reason, the number of ‘gig’ workers in the Human Cloud is growing — it gets bigger every day. There are now 53 million people making a living as ‘contingent workers.’ That’s 34 percent of the American workforce, according to a survey commissioned by the Freelancers Union. And as more professionals flock to online contract positions, staffing industry companies are expanding their offerings to better connect employers and available workers.
Someday, this might be a gold mine for you, especially if you have challenges finding traditionally structured work in your local area. You might live in a very small town, or you might not have a car, or you have a skill that no employer in your area happens to need, or you might have a disability that makes commuting a problem.
Online, everyone with a skill is judged by one thing: the quality of their finished product.
But that means you have to have a marketable skill. And you have to know how to market that skill. Not yourself. Your skill. There’s a big difference between marketing your skill and yourself, even though it may not sound as though there would be.
Of course, to get a skill that will be marketable on the Human Cloud will often take education beyond high school, whether that be college or trade school. Ultimately, just as in traditional jobs, the skills you have will produce the income you need. If you don’t have skills, you will have a hard time creating income no matter if it’s on the worksite or in the human cloud.
GETTING THE ACADEMIC SKILLS YOU NEED IN HIGH SCHOOL WILL SET YOU UP FOR ADVANCED EDUCATION AND SUCCESS IN THE HUMAN CLOUD
YOU WILL MAKE IT RAIN!
Start now to learn, practice, and apply the skills you will need to earn your future success.
Participate in the Rainmakers Internship Preparation Program in your school.