THE FORWARD FUTURE OF WORK AND THE CHANGING CAREERS
This Article On Changing Careers Was Written By Billy Stavridis
In my early career years (my 20’s) like most of us we really didn’t know what we wanted to do for a career so we got what we could get until something better came along. In my 30’s I got married had children and had to find sustainable work to support the family, but yet, not completely clear on a path to a career. In my 40’s I worked my way up into management of a small automotive car company and now in my 50’s I’m working towards being an entrepreneur. Four decades later, four separate but yet related careers each building on what came before.
Changing Careers: Planning Or Fate?
I can’t really say I planned it this way, nor did it “just happen” to me. Instead it was a combination of working in industries undergoing constant change and my active search for interesting work. As a result, I advanced and sought out work that could have an impact to my-self and others.
The types of transitions I’ve had are not common and may be unusual amongst my peers, however, I firmly believe careers marked by transitions, pivots and reinventions demonstrate the ability to adapt are the necessary tools for survival moving forward in today’s ever-changing work force. Given that now-days we tend to take more career breaks whereas historically, a career well-worked had been characterized by a steady upward progression- in title, responsibility and in pay. Moving forward it will be more about proactively constructing an interesting career through building one’s skill base and making more lateral moves.
Changing Careers: Technology And Job Markets
This is because business in constantly and rapidly changing and the pace of that change is only going to accelerate. The forces of technology and globalization are fundamentally altering a number of industries: which means what worked decades ago will not necessary apply today. This includes the tech industry, print media, financial and any number of other businesses and much more to follow.
This type of dislocation can often feel like a negative, and indeed nowadays it does often lead to job loss. Businesses, bosses and strategies constantly are shifting to keep up with the pace.
First, get past the mourning of comfortable hierarchy, the big office, stock cream colored filled stationary and the sense of understating “the rules of the game” the singular view of what success looks like.
Secondly, to successfully navigate a world of such change you must be willing to embrace a certain level of intellectual discomfort and the willingness to possibly even fail at times to actually move forward.
Thirdly, it’s important to get out there and “play in traffic”. By that, I mean getting out there getting your hands dirty and engaging with people, getting a feel for new industry and or positions. It’s important to learn to be proactive as opposed to reactive, that’s usually the difference between success and failure.
Which gets me to my closing: you have to prepare financially and what I mean by that is you have be prepared in the event the shifting business environment knocks you down and as a result you lose your job. Equally important is to prepare for the unforeseen transitions you may face moving forward. Without a doubt business has changed for better or for worse now and forever this is the new norm.
About The Author: Billy Stavridis
Billy Stavridis is a writer for Gustan Cho Associates Real Estate And Mortgage Information Center and moderator for Lending Network USA . Billy Stavridis passion of helping others has motivated him to train to get his federal NMLS mortgage loan originator license and eventually manage a team of licensed mortgage loan originators. Billy Stavridis, a real estate investor with multiple properties, is experienced and an expert in real estate, investments, and mortgage lending. Stay tuned for more articles by Billy Stavridis in the coming days and weeks.