How to Thrive in a World Without 30 Year Careers

The world of a “career man” (or woman) staying with a company from the day they get hired to the day they retire are long over. Yes, I know you already know that – but do you know how to survive in the new world of job-hopping? It’s no longer a safe bet to stick with your employer, that’s for sure. Nowadays it’s a matter of deciding what you’d like to get out of your career and how to facilitate that roadmap yourself. This post by Mike Figliuolo examines the ways to thrive in a workplace without 30 year careers- one where the employee—not the employer—decides how to look after themselves. While companies have created a multitude of ways to offer career-enhancing challenges, it’s truly up to the employee to make themselves grow and become just as valuable ten years in the future as they were the day they were hired. This means having some foresight into what skills will be in demand in the future of the organization, and how to get those skills: Understand your environment. Watch the organization change. See where it’s heading. Assess the skills that will be required in that new world order and either go get trained and build those capabilities or polish your resume. Your call. If you want to stay, you have to find ways to stay relevant to the needs of the organization. The best way to do so is to always have the skills they’re looking for. If your destination from point 1 above involves staying and retiring from that organization because you love the work, love the community, etc., then brush up your skills. If not, brush off the resume. Figliuolo goes on with some potentially eyebrow raising suggestions – including the gaining of knowledge and experience while in one job to benefit you for the next. He recognizes how that sounds, but argues that nobody is looking out for you in the business world but yourself. In the past there as a sense of “paternalistic corporations” but that simply doesn’t exist anymore. You’ve got to look out for you, and sometimes that means moving on when the company you’re with isn’t willing to work with you towards the future.

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