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50% of All Workers Are Part of The Gig Economy. Should You Be, Too?

The gig economy, also known as  portfolio work, is the way many people are earring a great living.  They work for themselves, lining up sequential jobs or multiple small jobs at the same time.

Many workers want full time gig work to create a balance between work and other aspects of their lives and many more earn extra money doing something they love.

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Make Your Own Schedule

Here are 10 ways that young workers can benefit from this lucrative segment of the economy.

  1. Your work hours can be flexible.  If you’re a night owl you can shift your work hours to match your biorhythms or use time off for interviews.
  2. You may be able to work from anywhere.
  3. The jobs you take on can be different from each other, allowing you to gain experience in a variety of aspects of your trade.
  4. Many jobs are short term or could be one project long.  If you don’t like an employer or a task, you know that there is a defined end to the job.
  5. Gig work is an opportunity to try out a career that you’re not certain is the one for you.
  6. Within industry standards, you get to set your own fees.  As you gain experience your income can rise rapidly.
  7. Think of  gigs as a paid internship.
  8. You can vary the kind of job you look for to round out your portfolio and create great resume material.
  9. Gigging builds a network. Each contact and person hiring you is a potential recommender and reference.
  10. Portfolio work forces you to learn how to promote yourself and sell your skills to anyone hiring.  You need  to understand how to do this even more when ready to work full time for one company or individual.


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Future of Electricity May Show New Jobs

One of the most powerful challenges facing anyone in the workforce today is projecting where there will be jobs for people with your experience and skills.   Reading widely can help us anticipate changes that are looming.  I’ve copied an article that appears on June 23rd on  the future of energy.  Maybe this will help you make decision about your present of future career.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-23/the-way-humans-get-electricity-is-about-to-change-forever

Reading widely in a variety of areas may offer clues to where jobs can be found. Read more:

The Way Humans Get Electricity Is About to Change Forever

These six shifts will transform markets over the next 25 years

June 23, 2015 — 7:00 AM EDT  Bloomberg

Here are six massive shifts coming soon to power markets near you:

1. Solar Prices Keep Crashing

The price of solar power will continue to fall, until it becomes the cheapest form of power in a rapidly expanding number of national markets. By 2026, utility-scale solar will be competitive for the majority of the world, according to BNEF. The lifetime cost of a photovoltaic solar-power plant will drop by almost half over the next 25 years, even as the prices of fossil fuels creep higher.

Solar power will eventually get so cheap that it will outcompete new fossil-fuel plants and even start to supplant some existing coal and gas plants, potentially stranding billions in fossil-fuel infrastructure. The industrial age was built on coal. The next 25 years will be the end of its dominance.

2. Solar Billions Become Solar Trillions

With solar power so cheap, investments will surge. Expect $3.7 trillion in solar investments between now and 2040, according to BNEF. Solar alone will account for more than a third of new power capacity worldwide. Here’s how that looks on a chart, with solar appropriately dressed in yellow and fossil fuels in pernicious gray:

3. The Revolution Will Be Decentralized

The biggest solar revolution will take place on rooftops. High electricity prices and cheap residential battery storage will make small-scale rooftop solar ever more attractive, driving a 17-fold increase in installations. By 2040, rooftop solar will be cheaper than electricity from the grid in every major economy, and almost 13 percent of electricity worldwide will be generated from small-scale solar systems.

$2.2 Trillion Goes to Rooftops by 2040

4. Global Demand Slows

Yes, the world is inundated with mobile phones, flat screen TVs, and air conditioners. But growth in demand for electricity is slowing. The reason: efficiency. To cram huge amounts of processing power into pocket-sized gadgets, engineers have had to focus on how to keep those gadgets from overheating. That’s meant huge advances in energy efficiency. Switching to an LED light bulb, for example, can reduce electricity consumption by more than 80 percent.

So even as people rise from poverty to middle class faster than ever, BNEF predicts that global electricity consumption will remain relatively flat. In the next 25 years, global demand will grow about 1.8 percent a year, compared with 3 percent a year from 1990 to 2012. In wealthy OECD countries, power demand will actually decline.

This watercolor chart compares economic growth to energy efficiency. Each color represents a country or region. As economies get richer, growth requires less power.

The Beauty of Efficiency

5. Natural Gas Burns Briefly

Natural gas won’t become the oft-idealized “bridge fuel” that transitions the world from coal to renewable energy, according to BNEF. The U.S. fracking boom will help bring global prices down some, but few countries outside the U.S. will replace coal plants with natural gas. Instead, developing countries will often opt for some combination of coal, gas, and renewables.

Even in the fracking-rich U.S., wind power will be cheaper than building new gas plants by 2023, and utility-scale solar will be cheaper than gas by 2036.

Fossil fuels aren’t going to suddenly disappear. They’ll retain a 44 percent share of total electricity generation in 2040 (down from two thirds today), much of which will come from legacy plants that are cheaper to run than shut down. Developing countries will be responsible for 99 percent of new coal plants and 86 percent of new gas-fired plants between now and 2040, according to BNEF. Coal is clearly on its way out, but in developing countries that need to add capacity quickly, coal-power additions will be roughly equivalent to utility-scale solar.

6. The Climate Is Still Screwed

The shift to renewables is happening shockingly fast, but not fast enough to prevent perilous levels of global warming.

About $8 trillion, or two thirds of the world’s spending on new power capacity over the next 25 years, will go toward renewables. Still, without additional policy action by governments, global carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector will continue to rise until 2029 and will remain 13 percent higher than today’s pollution levels in 2040.

That’s not enough to prevent the surface of the Earth from heating more than 2 degrees Celsius, according to BNEF. That’s considered the point-of-no-return for some worst consequences of climate change.