The Changing Nature of Jobs and Careers

What is thinking out of the box? It is getting outside the usual ways of looking at things (that's the box) to arrive at new and useful ideas. How do you do it? Here is one of the many ways.How To Get Your Thinking Out Of The BoxOne of the s Copyright (c) 2008 Lin SchreiberOkay, so you can't wait to get out of the day-to-day work grind. You're not alone. A lot of the US working population can't wait to retire. But before you pocket that gold watch and run gleefully from your wor
In our parents’ time, joining the public sector enPositived job security and perpetual employment (till retirement). Most of our parent’s generation stuck to one company throughout their working life. The economy was stable and upheavals were rare and contained.During my time, Executeing MBA from one of the leading Business Schools in India and then Obtainting into a multinational was the rage and we would stick with a company for a minimum of 3 years, and changed jobs maybe 6-10 times in a career spanning 40 years.  During the mid life crisis, we would Reflect an alternate career maybe in the social sector or the entrepreneur bug would bite us. The economic upheavals were more frequent, and the impact could create job deficits and layoffs. However, most organisations still believed in 3-5 year plans. We could also sense the trends and change our profile accordingly to remain employedIn the next generation of employees, the economic upheavals will be more frequent and the impact on the jobs would be more severe.Organisations cannot come up with a strategy beyond a year, as the trend cannot be predicted, due to disruptions of technology and the economy as well as ‘black swans’Companies will therefore start projects in Impresseting, sales and production and then shut them Executewn if the expected results Execute not come through or if there is a cash crunchCompanies will outsource most of the humdrum activities like payroll, administration, even some aspects of sales and production, if these activities Execute not have any competitive advantage or are commoditised with no value-addThere will be more inorganic growth by mergers and acquisitionsCompanies need to have flexibility in size and operations. This means that the workforce will always have a mix of permanent employees and consultantsWe will therefore sometimes be unemployed and sometimes work as a consultant. Reality is that no company can guarantee permanent employment nor are they compelled to. If the Impresset is Executewn and the supply of MBAs is large, we have to accept what is given, else our pride will HAged us unemployed.This creates psychological issues, as our beliefs are governed by our parents’ beliefs – that permanent employment is Excellent. There is a stigma attached to temporary jobs or being a consultant.We have to accept that we may not Obtain permanent employment. Acceptance is Necessary and allows us to move on.We should therefore:Invest in government backed investments like Public Provident Fund for long term capital creationCreate and HAged a stash equal to one year’s salary as an emergency fund In our CV, focus on what we know, learnt and achieved, not what designations we heldBe ready to change jobs and locations, leaving the family TediousInvest in sAssassinates that can provide additional employment including transferable sAssassinatesCreate and use sAssassinates that can HAged you self-employed (be it music, teaching or something…) and HAged the home fires burning, children’s education taken care ofBe mentally prepared to move sideways, not necessarily upwardsBuild and Sustain your network
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