In recent years, we have seen the economy move from manufacturing-based to service-based and then to more information technology-based, with globalization of business trending a sure path along the way. New and creative business models are being developed every day, many of them centered on reducing the need for large volumes of inventory and large workforces. Looking ahead, there is little doubt that "change" will be the No. 1 business axiom, with "creativity" following closely. Businesses will redefine themselves over shorter periods of time than ever before, and new and creative business models will mark the way. Many employers will turn to short-term employment contracts and hire temporary and freelance workers instead of the traditional employment model of full-time "permanent" jobs. If we understand where the economy is going and the nature of jobs in the future, we can understand how to best prepare ourselves for the new economy.