Entrepreneurs across the world share a similar approach to the setting up of a new business: resourcefulness, self-reliance, ambition, adapting to new situations and networking with others. It is this approach that career seekers should adopt today if they are to have successful and lifelong careers. We all need to think of ourselves as entrepreneurs of our own careers when we seek a career change.
In the new world of today, you are responsible for your own career and for investing in your own training. Loyalty is less vertical towards the employer than horizontal, towards others in your network. For example, LinkedIn, the professional network provides opportunities to network as individuals, rather than as employees. Today, even highly educated young people are finding it impossible to get work and graduates are lucky if they can secure jobs at the bottom of the ladder.
For those in midlife, it is harder to get the promotions they expect and to provide adequately for their pensions. Many of those about to retire are finding that their pensions are not worth much and are therefore staying in their jobs. The mobility of the employment market is blocked at every stage leading to huge frustrations and pressures.
Your New Career
Hoffman and Casnocha (2012) in their book “The Start-Up of You” argue that technology and globalization have had the greatest impact on the employment market causing the changes described above. Many jobs are now automated, even white collar ones such as paralegals and radiologists. People from all over the world may now compete for your job.
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This requires that you take smart risks, actively manage these risks with the support of your networks and position yourself towards opportunities as they arise.
Through career coaching, you can become a ‘globally competitive professional’ who not only succeeds but adapts constantly and effectively to change during your career change.
As Steve Jobs said: “Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love…….. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
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