The 21st Century World of Work

How we think about, engage with and carry out our professional lives has changed dramatically over the past 15 years. The notion of one job for life is all but gone. Replaced by constant change and professional progression in different fields of expertise.

The average person now changes career six times before retiring and changes jobs 12 times before age 42. 65% of children in primary school will work in jobs that have not yet been created. It is within this context that you are making decisions.

To ensure that you are making the right choice for you it is vital that you choose a pathway that leaves as many doors as possible open to you. By the right choice, this means one that affords you the opportunity to apply your transferable skills in a wide range of different careers at different points in your professional life.

Therefore, it is critical to incorporate as many elements of your unique career personality into your search as possible. This involves thinking about what

  1. interests,
  2. motivates and
  3. inspires you.

The real ‘why’ behind individual choices and what factors or people are influencing those decisions. Once you can comfortably answer these questions, it becomes much easier to make informed career decisions. 

The key to remember is that 70% of people can do 70% of jobs, however, happiness in your chosen career area comes down to your level of interest and passion in that career. Therefore, the ideal job, occupation or career is one that you find interesting, challenging and for which you have the most suitable mix of abilities.


Some Context

The most recent reports on this topic by Forbes, Morgan McKinley and the Future of Work Report by The World Economic Forum tell us that the average 35-year-old will change jobs 8 to 10 times before 42 and career 6 to 8 times before they retire.

So, job change and career transition is not just normal it is expected and considered a reality of the 21st century workplace.  

Gone is the notion of a linear progression through one job for life. It has been replaced by a workplace defined by transferable skills used simultaneously in a variety of jobs, as a contract employee at other times, and on some occasions as a specialist consultant.

The 21st century worker is a nomadic in nature, seeks new experiences, thinks outside the box and yearns to live in a career they love. Success is self-defined and employees are willing to change job or career direction as often as is necessary to find their career path.

So how do you know if you are average in terms of these statistics? What does job change mean & what does career change mean? What stage of your career life are you in?

Job change means that you move within your existing company to a new role, get a promotion or move company to progress your career. So, it is easy to see where you might clock up 8 to 10 job changes before you are 42. From 42 to retirement seems to be a more stable period in terms of job change as you are expected to approximately 4 times during this period.

Career change on the other hand is a much bigger decision. Career change means that you change the fundamental nature of your working role. If you are like me, at 35 years old, your career trajectory might look like this: started in law, progressed to education, moved to careers & educational psychology as an employee and became self-employed. 35 and 4 career changes under my belt!

Consider this in light of the fact that 50% of the jobs that we will be doing in 2030 have not yet been created. Who knows what exciting opportunities are out there in the future?

Taking all of the above information into account the following are some career areas which you are we discussed at out last meeting and which you showed a strong interest in. In addition, based on your career profile you are most likely find interesting and challenging, and therefore might enjoy.