I had lunch recently with a career coach who works for one of those big outplacement firms. She told me something that really opened my eyes. Whereas until about five years ago, many companies would include “career development” in their definition of employee development, they don’t do that anymore. Why? The average time people stay at their jobs these days is between three and four years. So companies just felt that in helping people with their careers, they were helping them leave the … [Read more...]
Get Into A "Fluid Career Mindset"!
What's a "Fluid Career"? It's YOUR career when you take charge of designing your career for a lifetime of fulfillment. The average job tenure is 3-4 years now, which means most of us will have 10-15 jobs over the course of our life. This is changing the relationship between employer and employee, and helping employees (and contractors and entrepreneurs) negotiate more "win-win" work arrangements.
In a Fluid Career, each job you have is an opportunity to move further in achieving our life goals and career satisfaction. When you see this string of jobs as career "stepping stones" in front of you, you can think of each one as setting you up for more success along the way. You can be a little more strategic about which job you take now because of the way it sets up for success later on. You can negotiate more confidently with employers because you know you have choices. You can choose jobs that fit well in your life stage now, knowing you'll have more opportunities for other kinds of positions later in life. You can find a little patience for the awful boss (even gratitude for helping you learn how to avoid more people that like in the future!). Navigating a fluid career is about putting each job in perspective and designing your career and life to work well together, over time. Get started designing your fluid career today!
NEW TIME!! LIVE: January 24, 2017: Noon pm ET / 9 am PT Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes and our YouTube Channel When we hear the words, "free agent," our minds often think about sports drafts. Athletes often consider themselves "free agents," always up for a change of teams depending on the highest bidder. In professional careers, we often don't consider ourselves "free agents." We're employees or unemployed or entrepreneurs or self-employed. But why don't we consider ourselves … [Read more...]