Jobs and Careers Autumn 2017 - 27
Develop a skill
set that's going to
be in demand
Words: Georgina Maric. Photography: Will Ireland
30 years ago, I'd be dead in the water.
The markets, the business, the services
we provide and the pricing of what we
do change all the time.
The challenge is how do I make
money, because the service we
provide is becoming more readily
available. The biggest challenge
for me is being able to follow the
trends and re-engineer my business
so it's still a business tomorrow.
What plans do you have
for your business over
the coming year?
It's a case of constantly
reinventing myself to keep my
knowledge base ahead of the
market and to know what will be the
impact of change to my businesses. It's
exciting - it keeps me on my toes. I'm
sure my business will be doing things
next year that we didn't do last year,
and I have to lead that change. I need
to stay on top of what's happening in
the market, know how that will impact
my businesses and be aware of what
jobs people will be doing next year.
Brexit will have an impact, although
what that will be we don't yet know.
Our customer base could be different
two years from now, for example.
For the past 20 years, 50% of our
trade has been with Europe, but in
the future 50% of our trade could
be with China, the US, Asia. Is my
business capable of doing that?
I have to follow Brexit carefully,
follow the trade deals that the
government will be making and how
that will have an impact, because
our customer base will change.
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