Almost every established business is experiencing a stress test at the moment. Their “tried and tested” business models are blatantly challenged by relatively newer, digital-first players, their growth lines show steep crests than hills and their operating costs are taking a toll on their profitability. In such an environment, it is but natural that people build careers in such organisations are facing the winds of change as well.
Long gone are the days when a corporate professional would begin his journey comprising of a series of well-defined jobs based on hierarchies and designations. It can be deemed as a debacle of the corporate world that roles today come with a shelf life as they only revolve around a set of specific business problems. What could be the reason behind this?
Companies today are striving harder than ever to curate a trade environment that responds quicker to change, and it is apparent they expect their people to follow the same. Therefore, how you look at your career journey defines whether your role continues to stay relevant.
Now’s the best time to act
According to a recent study, an average millennial is likely to have as many as 12 jobs in their working lives (https://www.recruitment-international.co.uk). This can be ascribed to the quickly changing work environment, and the way in which we are expected to deliver work, latest technological advancements and the organisation’s efforts to stay competitive.
We can reckon the fact that almost half of the jobs we all are deployed into, did not even exist until 2013. Change is already upon us. Embracing it is no longer about if, but when.
How to make that shift
You would have come across a number of articles and whitepapers debating about the career uncertainties in the future. However, it seems we are already in the future, as an intense career upheaval can be sensed at all times.
Therefore, to help you sail through this, here are some tips that will surely ease up your future career apprehensions.
Be change managers
Well, managing change at the moment is undoubtedly the need of the hour! At a time when processes, organisational structures, job roles and wok expectations are changing at a rapid pace, it is imperative that the employees work as change managers – not just for their organisation, however also for their careers as well.
A bitter truth of today’s corporate landscape – although, most of the organisations have comprehended the “why” of transformation, however they fail to work upon the “how” of it. Therefore, it is everyone’s duty to be a change managers in the roles that we play.
Learn by creating, not just by consuming
Owing to the surge in tech enabled learning portals, applications and how-to-blogs have transformed us into knowledge hoarders. But! Keep it in mind, the knowledge that you have gained is only effective when it is used to solve problems. It is a universal truth that you only learn from your mistakes, and course-correct the next time. Theoretical knowledge only takes you so far, however doing a practical out of it will surely etch it on your mind.
It does not matter if we work for a corporate firm, or are self-employed, we have to start seeing change as an opportunity, and not as an opponent!
It is quite possible that this change might expunge out redundancy from your career.
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