The other day, I was talking to a gentleman at the bookstore coffee shop and he told me that he was definitely trying to stay in the game and stay gainfully employed. He previously had run his own small company, and had moderate success in several jobs working for others. Currently, he is getting his licensing and studying up on the insurance sector as a second career. We both noted that most of today’s generation switches jobs every 2.3 years, and therefore have been involved with perhaps 10 different industries by the time they reach age 40 or 50. This means they have experience and knowledge in quite a few different venues.Still, he is of the baby boomer generation and has always been steady, tried and true in all he has done. The industries he had formerly worked in, are not viable for the future due to all the changes in technology, therefore they are no longer an option for him. Thus, he is looking for something new, and he realizes that he needs to learn new skills, and study hard to make himself economically employable. He’s right, at age 40 to 50 you must concentrate to stay in the game, or that world that you once knew will pass you by, as the industry changes and someone steals your cheese.Today, we hear a lot of talk from politicians about careers and employment, or rather than need to provide more jobs due to the deplorable unemployment numbers which could easily hit 9% by 2013. That’s a scary thought, but those numbers are still better than they are in other industrialized nations such as those in the European Union, and it is questionable if the EU will still exist in the next five years. Although things have not gotten that bad yet here at home, they very well could, and it is up to each and every individual to look out for themselves and their families, and their best interests.Let me ask you a question; what have you done to stay in the game lately? Even if you are gainfully employed now, there is a chance you might be laid off, and do you have a fallback position, that is to say; how will you pay your bills if you lose your job? It’s time to work on this and stay in the game. And I ask you to please think on this and consider it all the same – you are coming up on crunch time.