Today's constantly changing workplace challenges us to continually update our skills, keep abreast of trends on a global scale, and reinvent ourselves to remain successful. Like many other aspects of life, there is a good news/bad news scenario to this current state of affairs.
The bad news is that the job security we knew in our youth is virtually nonexistent. Downsizings, layoffs and reorganizations are now daily occurrences. Moreover, this destabilization is taking place within industries (such as finance and banking) that we formerly viewed as being the most secure. The days of the corporation as family á la "Ma Bell" are gone.
However, despite the ongoing assaults to our sense of equilibrium, there is plenty of resulting good news to be found in the modern workplace. No longer are we stuck in longstanding careers that hold little promise or professional reward. We are freed up to chart our own course. In fact, it's best to consider ourselves as entrepreneurs and/or consultants whether we're self-employed or getting a paycheck from someone else.
Here are four career realities of 2012 you'll want to bear in mind:
- The new job security -- You're considered only as valuable as the skills you offer, the problems you can solve, and the ideas you present. Job security is no longer met through external structures. Rather it is experienced by way of internal direction, innovation and preparation.
Managing your career in 2012 is a bit like piloting a boat. In order to avoid being blown adrift by the winds of change, you have to adjust your sails, keep your eyes on the horizon, and proceed on your chosen course. Focus, flexibility, preparation and planning are all essential components for successful sailing. These same qualities will keep you moving towards your goals... even in the choppy waters of today's workplace.
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