The New Career

I just watched a video titled Did You Know?

The video lists interesting labor-related statistics. One of them caught my eye:
“The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that today’s learner will have 10-14 jobs… by the age of 38”

If the average individual starts working at 18, this translates to an average of a new job every 2 years. I see this every day. When I look into the career of someone I respect, it’s very rare that it involves working their way up the ladder within a single company. People change jobs, opportunities present themselves, and a unique career is born. Best of all, most people couldn’t have imagined they would end up where they did. I also think moving around means people have a higher chance of finding themselves- but only if they take advantage.

To compare our generation to previous generations, this signifies an incredible shift in the description of a career. For my grandparent’s generation, a career involved loyalty to one company; this ensured professional growth, perceived success and financial stability. Today, a career is a much more unique description of life decisions, risks and rewards.

Those that move around are much more in control. They are also regarded much more highly when job searching. The individuals with the highest seniority at my company did not work their way up at the company; they were risk-takers, most who started companies (except the head of HR, which has been with the company forever, to specifically give the masses hope).

Finally, I’ve never heard someone who moved around to different jobs say that they regret it. It’s much more common to hear regret from someone who has been loyal to one job/company. I assume those that move around are happier, because even if they are not happy where they end up, at least know they tried to find their happiness. And isn’t that what it’s all about?


2 Responses to The New Career

  1. Luke Shepard says:

    Fun video – even just a year old and the social networking stats are already out of date – they were counting registered users, but today active users on Facebook is smaller only than India and China. Crazy, exponential times. It’s fun to think about what the world will be like in 10, 20 years as robots get smaller and things get faster and communication gets more dense.

    I remember in college that you were crazy into Friendster, insisted that it was the next big thing, and we all thought it was just an internet fad. Hope you keep that vision going forward.

  2. clicksend says:

    The thing that amazed me about Friendster was how it marketed itself. The incentives were perfectly in place for both users and the overall system to benefit from growth. I feel similarly about paid search advertising – the ads are so relevant that the average user does not even realize they are ads. Users find the ads useful, which in turn leads to more traffic for the advertisers and more revenue for the search engine. Now the question is: is there another product out there that is self-marketing, useful to the user, and efficiently monetizable? I believe there is.

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