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Surviving & Thriving in the Gig Economy

JVS CareerSolution
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The Professional Development Collaborative - PDC and JVS CareerSolution are excited to present the "Surviving & Thriving in the Gig Economy" workshop.

Today jobseekers are being offered short-term contract work, temp assignments, or opportunities for self-employment, everything but the coveted permanent full time position. Nearly all of the 10 million jobs created in the last decade were not traditional 9-5 jobs (Katz and Krueger 2016). Employment in the so-called “Gig Economy” is growing much faster than standard payroll employment and is expected to reach 40% of the workforce by 2020. Some “gig” work is attractive in terms of hours and pay, while other jobs, e.g., Uber drivers, warehouse workers, coding assignments, have some serious drawbacks.

In this workshop, you’ll explore the changing nature of work, looking at the positive and negative sides of our expanding “Gig Economy.” You’ll learn how to navigate this changing landscape to use it to your own advantage, mastering survival strategies and how you can benefit from today’s “contingent” labor market.

This workshop will cover:

• Overview of the changing world of work – how and why this came about
• What kinds of opportunities are available and how to find them
• Downsides and upsides of the gig economy
• Branding/Marketing yourself for gig work
• Practical application – making this work for you


Presenter: Wendy Gelberg is a Career Navigator with JVS CareerSolution providing one-on-one coaching, writing resumes, and leading job search workshops for people in transition. She has a special interest in job search skills for introverts, authoring the book, The Successful Introvert: How to Enhance Your Job Search & Advance Your Career. She spoke recently on the “Gig Economy” at the National Resume Writers’ Association 20th Annual Conference and locally at the Career Counselors’ Consortium. Her job search advice has appeared in 20+ publications including Fortune.com, Time.com/money, Inc.com, Monster.com, Idealistcareers.org, and Woman’s Day.

When: April 20th, 2018 from 9am to 12pm
Where: Marriott Residence Inn. Parking in rear - next to Watertown Mall. Public Transit via #70 bus from Central Sq., Cambridge, MA. Space is Limited.
Cost: $70.00
For more info and to register: www.pdcboston.org