How to make members of each generation see they are owners/masters of their career enterprise is a challenge in many organizations. It’s what I call “career entrepreneurship,” and the need for it won’t disappear with an economic upturn. I wrote about it (recently) from a Baby Boomer perspective for Next Avenue.
You need to start learning to ask yourself some foresighted questions such as:
- What trends are likely to affect my opportunities and roles?
- What will become obsolete and will require me to change?
- What do I need to learn and do to keep increasing my relevance?
Beverly Kaye wrote about that change in perspective and approach in her book “Help Them, Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want to Have” (BK Business, 2012). Individuals need to think about role shifts that require mind shifts, and employers need to support this more entrepreneurial thinking as positive for them as well. Some mind shifts include:
- The goal doesn’t have to be the top position. And if you’re at the top, there are future role shifts that can be satisfying and creative.
- There are alternate paths for different people at different times.
- You can choose riskier or safer moves and shift from one to the otherover a career span for what feels right at the time.
In any case, don’t put artificial limits on yourself.
Work has changed. Job discussions and requirements have changed, and training has not kept up. You may have to re-invent yourself – or not. But the concept of what I call career entrepreneurship, taking charge of your own career development, is a winning strategy for anyone determined to succeed.
Phyllis Weiss Haserot www.pdcounsel.com