In Get a Life, Not a Job 'Self-Directed Career Acts and the Future of Careers' her Change This manifesto (April 7), Paula Caligiuri looks at the dim state of things as far as conventional careers are concerned and offers a few remedies.
Her choice of medicine besides helping your bottom line, might also improve our health, sense of self and quality of life.
She starts by looking at today's reality:
balance, people are looking for more stability, greater fulfillment, and increased satisfaction
from work. Unfortunately, most people are still operating with an old set of career rules that no
longer apply to today’s employment reality."
Then highlights how "these changes in the employment reality have created the need for you
to own your career destiny":
competencies to remain competitive.
#2. Your professional stability and financial security will likely come from your overall
career, not any given job.
#3. Your professional fulfillment and satisfaction will come from the career you build,
not the job promotions you receive.
Paula reminds us of the risk of putting all our chips in one basket:
She then tells us how to reassess some control with career acts:
In many aspects Paula's approach echoes what Marci Alboher describes as Slash Careers. I call it a 5 leg stool. If one breaks you don't fall.
Not everyone will feel comfortable climbing in that boat but it might be a necessity more than a choice.
Paula Caligiuri also wrote Get a Life, Not a Job (the book) published by FT Press in March 2010.
I am still building my 5 leg stool.
The wild world of work for Monday Work Etiquette # 137
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