So do you think that change will fly by and leave your career plans untouched? You do? Then I suggest you watch this video!
Do you have career insurance?
One of the greatest challenges is planning a career strategy in a job market that is changing faster than we are. All the goal posts are moving and staying current is becoming not only challenging, but confusing in economic times where no one ( yes NO ONE) is indispensable.
Youth unemployment is soaring to unprecedented heights, default retirement ages are being deferred or even abolished. Benefits offered by corporations have been eroded and the expectation of career longevity with any one organisation is a concept of a bye gone era. None of us would think of not taking out house, car, medical or travel insurance to meet all sorts of contingencies. Yet many of us don’t consider applying these measures professionally.
Career management has shifted to become professional protection which requires career insurance. But despite the widely available information about declining economies, many are confronted by change unprepared and uninsured
What can you do?
Create an ongoing personal development plan: at one time it was enough to work hard, meet or exceed objectives and recognition and reward would follow. This is no longer necessarily the case. We all have to invest in the ongoing development and widening of our skill sets. The pace of change is so rapid that many aspects of all our jobs could disappear or be re-allocated. We have no idea what new jobs will be needed or created. If you have not added formally to your skill set in any way in the past 2-3 years – this should be a priority. Attend a course or sign up for a webinar. Access to educational opportunities has never been wider and more affordable, especially online and distance learning to fit in with our full schedules and budgets.
Stay current: if you are part of the brigade that eschews online platforms and technological change you need to get over that. Rapidly. These platforms offer access to up to date information in all sectors which is easily available and cheap, or even free. There is no excuse for not registering for alerts and staying in touch. All serious professionals would now be expected to have a complete online professional profile. Make sure you have one.
Create a networking strategy: despite all the clichéd homilies about not digging wells when we’re thirsty or fixing roofs in the rain – many do exactly that. Make networking part of your daily routine, on and offline.
Do you have a “go-to 10? ” These are your ten contacts for an emergency. Maintain those relationships attentively because no one likes people they haven’t seen for years, pitching up out of the blue when they need something. Set up an advisory board of professional contacts or mentors whom you can tap into for ongoing advice.
Get out and meet people: make this part of your annual strategy whether this is at conferences, or lunches/breakfasts, within your organisation or externally. It is a vital part of your career protection strategy.
Raise your visibility: speak in meetings, join professional associations, write articles, offer to mentor junior staff or contacts, or try to become a conference speaker.
Are you doing everything you can to protect your career?