century career change:
you need intuition
From Cathy's ebook,
The nineteenth century brought
the Industrial Revolution, which changed the way we did things.
The twentieth century introduced change in the rate of change.
In the first two-thirds of the
twentieth century, you could plan a career and hope for security.
People were advised, "If you choose Profession X, or learn
Skill Y, you'll always have a job."
My high school advisors said, "If you can type, you can
always work. We will always need secretaries." A few years
ago a CPA told me the partners of his Big Six firm are typing
their own letters and memos. Three partners share a single assistant.
Some people remain in the time
zone that ended more than two decades ago. A former academic
colleague shared concerns about his children: "I want them
to major in a technical field so they can always get a job."
His oldest child is fourteen. By the time she enters the work
force, technical skills may be taken for granted, and universities
may no longer offer the tenure that constitutes his own security
need flexiblity and intuition.
Flexibility means being a free spirit, being willing to take
risks and make moves because they feel right, not waiting until
we are forced by circumstances. We need skills to roll with the
punches, not tools that can be used only when the ground beneath
us is firm and solid.
Intuition means sensing that,
"This move isn't right for me," or, "I will need
a job change soon." We need to rely less on rules and external
process and more on, "The emperor has no clothes. I don't
care what everyone else says. I know"
The airline world is beginning
to realize that their procedures were based on assumptions that
were turned upside down. They taught their employees to follow
the rules. In the aftermath of 9-11, people began saying, "The
rules won't work here."
Well, the rules aren't working in a lot of life domains that
rely on procedures: health care, justice, education and more.
Those sectors ultimately will be transformed, not just revised
with a new layer of rules and assessments.
The New Career Strategy calls
for a combination of freedom and intuition. You can't rely on
a counselor to calculate your future from a battery of tests.
What's needed is a change in values from security to adventure,
and a jungle guide to help you find water in the career desert.
Cathy Goodwin, Ph.D.
Author, Career Consultant, Speaker
*Fast Track to Career Freedom*