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what are you waiting for …

“It is only through work and strife that either nation or individual moves on to greatness. The great man is always the man of mighty effort, and usually the man whom grinding need has trained to mighty effort.”
Theodore Roosevelt, April 27, 1900

Are you planning for your next career?   When do you think you’ll start planning and learning about your next career?

The might economic upheaval from the past couple of years should have taught American workers that stability and long-term employment at anyone company is largely a myth.   The predicted changes in the global economy are bearing fully on many of the working class.   Many of those in the working class have found that there are no jobs for the skills they have and that the skills they do have are not readily transferable to other careers.

The demand for lower prices is causing a shift away from American shores to countries where labor prices are low and where workers are highly skilled. 

So, what does one do when they are displaced by economic and technological factors?  

In today’s world the best bet is to find areas where there is positive economic growth and seek training and employment in those areas that match your talents and strengths.   Don’t assume that because you made a shift to a new career field that it will be long lasting.   Assume that you will need to retrain yourself for another career.   It won’t be easy to balance all of life and then focus on increasing your value by seeking out where technology and the jobs are going.

High rates of growth will be experienced in

1. Elder care

2. Health care

3. Green technologies

 New service industries are likely to sprout up as a number of people are shifting from traditional employment to self-employment.   Contract employment will increase reducing a large financial burden from employers (medical costs, and others) and fundamentally reshape employment as we know it.  

To keep pace in this new economy:

1. Keep abreast of what is happening in the job markets.

2. Prepare for you next career

3. Start now, don’t wait.  Pay for your own education.

4. Keep adding value in whatever you do.

5. Be flexible

6. Add continuous career development to your life

my cheese moved … and it isn’t coming back

“The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.”  Nathaniel Branden

Who moved My Cheese?” by Dr. Spencer Johnson is a tale about some mice who found themselves impacted by change.  Their favorite cheese spot moved one day and they weren’t ready for change.  Life had become comfortable and routine.    Two other curious mice were running around finding new cheese to nibble on and were more successful at dealing with change.

Now there is a new shift coming.   Where the cheese moved somewhat frequently in the “Who Moved My Cheese” scenario  there was a period of time where the cheese could be enjoyed.  The next shift is the continuously moving cheese.  Change is going to be so rampant, so furious that the cheese will be moving every day.


Each day will present a new challenge it will be an age where work won’t be going to single entity to work, it will be entities coming to you for work.   Work will be non-permanent.   A new world of cottage industries will spring up and replace the traditional brick buildings that people are so familiar with today.   

Instead of going to where the cheese is to work, the new work pattern will be to grab a piece of the cheese as it goes by.   Grabbing a piece of the cheese in the new world (which isn’t far away)means having the right skills and a talents.  

Work will be composed of a series of micro-jobs, where one may have multiple employers in a single day.   The rules of the work game will be changing. 

What would it be like to work for multiple employers in a single day?

What would it feel like to be marketing your skills for part of the day?

What would you need to do to prepare for such a world?

“No one can persuade another to change. Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside. We cannot open the gate of another, either by argument or emotional appeal.”  Marilyn Ferguson

shift 3.0

Are we living in the midst of shift 3.0, the movement towards a culture of working as independent contractors?   It may seem so with the rise of contracting agencies like Arise.com and www.odesk.com.   The world of work is shifting rapidly and the new wave of work will be increasing in the virtual arena. 

Here are some ideas that Peter Drucker put forth, Drucker said, “The purpose of the work on making the future is not to decide what should be done tomorrow, but what should be done today to have a tomorrow.” One unique idea he advocated was creating a “parallel career” in areas such as teaching, writing, or working in nonprofit organizations. He also encouraged developing a second career, often by doing similar work in a significantly different setting—a lawyer, for instance, might move from a traditional law firm to a legal nonprofit dedicated to a personally meaningful cause. While still in your main job, start thinking about your own possibilities for a parallel or second career. Consider how to match your values, experience, and education, and what shifts you might need to make in your life to support such changes.”  (Copied from AMA site)

How many people do you know that are preparing for a sudden and dramatic shift away from what you do today?   What new career would you want to pursue if the one you are doing today suddenly changed or went away?   

Peter Drucker strongly suggests that the knowledge worker of the 21st century will have to manage  themself.   Drucker speaks to the emergent society as being one filled with mobile workers, workers who  manage themselves.   The idea of lifetime employment which served manufacturing forces and controlled the workers would survive in an ever faster paced world is an idea that is past its time.  While it may be nice to think of work as being secure, Marshall Goldsmith suggests that it is only matter of time before a dramatic change in employment will occur.   It is naive to believe that a career will last for a lifetime any longer.

“The best way to predict the future is to create it. ”
Peter Drucker