Whether you have a business, in a career, or work in the trades, daily events shape what you will be doing tomorrow. It used to be that whatever happened in your town was all that really affected you. No more!
We are seeing the effects of world oil pricing on the workplace. While we are enjoying the benefit of lower gasoline prices, investment in the oil industry is being pulled back and workers laid off. Many of those workers will be from Vancouver Island and the result will affect our economy. The unknown is how much it will affect us, but it will. Alberta’s Premier is even using the dreaded words ‘sales tax’!
Target just announced they are closing 133 stores across Canada putting their employees out of work. Mexx is closing its stores as is Smart Set. Some were the result of poor market research, others repositioning in the retail marketplace.
What is your plan ’B’? What are the ‘what ifs’? We can no longer live day-to-day. We need to have a goal and be prepared to change the path to get there. There are some positive happenings in British Columbia with a focus on LNG, which may result in many jobs directly and indirectly and certainly will provide opportunities in the northern communities.
There are many ways to keep up with the events that may shape your life, make use of the ones that appeal to you whether it is social media, newspapers, or TV, but do pay attention! Be proactive, not reactive!
“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails.” Jimmy Dean