By now you would have heard of the terms Polyprofessional and the Flux Generation. It is well and truly here as research into career attitudes shows professionals looking for mission and meaning rather than just a job.
The ever shifting readjustments in the economic landscape and the ever constant march of technological innovation has shown jobs to be short-lived. Pegging your sense of self to a particular job has in any case always shown itself to be a high risk career strategy. Taking a more experiential approach to what might be your calling results in more emergent, successful and sustainable careers.
Over-investing in a specific skill set, or a role or a company may prove to be short-lived as the world of work defines itself by constant change. It starts with a mindset, a broader way of thinking about your purpose and the principles by which you will build or rebuild a career. If you are a management consultant, think about yourself as a conveyor of knowledge and it creates a different train of thought, a broader canvas on which you can unleash your many talents, creating more meaning for yourself, while adding more value to others. If you are an IT professional think of yourself as a connector of ideas. If you are a communication specialist think of yourself as a story-teller and so on. A broader mindset helps you craft a more unique contribution, giving your tired career a ‘shot in the arm’. Now that we spend well over 20% of our time on-line (and this will only increase), a social media presence will also facilitate your boundary spanning. Don’t allow yourself to be hemmed in by boundaries of thinking or even bodies of knowledge that you can easily get trapped in.
Think emergent career, scary for some but it is the only way forward………….
Written by Meena Thuraisingham, Director and Principal of TalentInvest, March 2012
Written by Meena Thuraisingham
Director and Principal, Talent Invest
Meena Thuraisingham is a consultant, author, executive coach and thought leader in the area of People and Culture. An organisational psychologist by training, she founded TalentInvest, a niche consulting practice, advising global clients in the UK, Asia and Australia in Capability and Culture. Meena is also a regular speaker internationally on leadership effectiveness and culture change.
Her published books are The Secret Life of Decisions, Careers Unplugged and Derailed!. Get Your Copy Today