One Career, Two, Three, or More? What number are you up to?
There’s something happening at a rapid rate in the business world right now and chances are you’ve been swept up in it without even realising. In the 1960’s when my parents embarked on their chosen career, the norm was to stay in the same profession and quite likely in the same company for the rest of your working life. Like the bank teller that followed a career with the bank and ended up as the Manager of the branch or the bottle shop down the road with the sign, “Owned by the same family since 1967.” As a Baby Boomer or a member of Generation X, you will recall the norm of the day was to choose and stay.
The times of change in career planning are probably not as confusing to Baby Boomers as it may be to Generation X and for those born between 1965 and the early 1980’s. Right now Generation X is witnessing a time where there is the possibility of an internal conflict. A label of a mid life crisis in career, but, could it be simpler? Could it be a part of the individual that would like career change and another part that is caught up in the Silent Generation and Baby Boomer values of a job and career for life approach?
In my recent discussions I’ve found more and more Generation X’s who have experienced a dramatic change in career with shifts like Banking to Massage Therapy; Pre-school Teacher to Lawyer; Accountant to owner of Deli. These are huge career changes, and vastly different from the career arrangements of the Silent Generation and the majority of Baby Boomers.
Now comes two disconcerting aspects of this dynamic shift in careers.
Firstly, as a Generation X, I look at the resume of a Generation Y applicant and think, “too many jobs, and even too many careers.” Maybe it’s time the proverbial penny drops. As technology moves at a rapid rate, industries develop, come and even go within the span of a decade we are going to find Generation Y and future generations move rapidly between jobs and careers. What a Baby Boomer or Generation X may consider is a lack of attention and stability in employment may actually be the norm of the times. Long service leave will become redundant.
Secondly, I speak to many Generation X’s who are labelling their need for a dramatic career change as a “crisis.” Well maybe, or maybe not. Perhaps it’s time to give yourself permission to make a dramatic career change and to appreciate that it may just be sensible, logical and the now thing to do for all the right reasons.
Madelaine Cohen Author
Lipstick Learning is an initiative of Sydney based business leader, Certified NLP Trainer (ABNLP), entrepreneur and Master NLP Practitioner Madelaine Cohen. Sharing information and joining forces with people who choose to lead. Madelaine has more than two decades of inspiration from her businesses in consumer products, sports marketing, executive coaching and healthcare. She takes a leading role in mentoring executives and training business leadership in large and small enterprises. Why? Inspire people to lead and together we can create lifetimes of health and happiness. To find out how you can lead with even more authenticity and ease, contact Madelaine through Lipstick Learning. Madelaine welcomes connection and networking so if you have something to ask or share, go for it.