In this EIGHT PART SERIES we chronicle the new ways to NAVIGATE YOUR CAREER in the MODERN WORKPLACE …
We believe you should love your job. In fact, we believe that you should be thrilled with your job. And more than thrilled – fulfilled by it. We believe that you can find a career that gives you purpose, one that lets you use a set of skills that give you pride, and enjoy a day-to-day that gives you meaning. We believe that your work can – and should – be a part of who you are, what you value, and what you want for the future of the world.
We’re not the first to say it, but the world of work is changing – in profound ways. The last twenty years have seen a massive shift both in terms of what work means to us, and in what it demands from us. We are connected by our smartphones twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Gone are the days when your clients or your boss couldn’t reach you unless you were in the same room or at your desk next to a landline phone. Now not only can you take work home with you, but you’re often expected to be in constant contact, available around the clock.
This dramatic shift – this ability to be constantly connected, this blurring of boundaries between “work” and “not work” – is exactly what makes it so crucial that your work is something that inspires and fulfils you. But luckily, these very same shifts also mean there is more opportunity for you to find a perfect fit between the things that fulfil you and how you make a living. Unlike the generation before, most professionals now change jobs – and even careers – every couple of years. They have many roles at multiple companies throughout their lifetimes, and some may even start their own businesses. What that means is that you will likely reinvent yourself many times over.
The old rules no longer apply here. Instead, you need the New Rules – rules that will help you navigate the changing landscape of work and the unique career path you will build, not follow. In the new world of work, what many of us need is not a tool for job search, but tools for job discovery – tools to help you figure out what you, as a unique individual, really want. The process you will undergo here is not just about getting a job – it’s about developing some of the most important skills that will empower you for the rest of your life.
Copyright © 2017 by Million Things LLC. Extracted from THE NEW RULES OF WORK by Alexandra Cavoulacos and Kathryn Minshew. Published by Orion Spring at £14.99 in paperback. Also available in audio and ebook.
Whether you are starting out in your career, looking to advance or navigating a mid-career shift, this eight part series will provide you with the tips and advice you need to thrive in the new world of work. Stay tuned for the second excerpt from The New Rules of Work next Monday.
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