There is a lot of uncertainty today concerning Singapore’s changing employment landscape. This is true for both career seekers and organisations alike, as both sides of the table try to understand and navigate the ‘Future of Work’.
What are the driving forces behind this change?
A recent Straits Times article highlights some key trends we now ‘know’ – and in doing so, alludes to further disruptions which are certain to impact this dynamic, despite remain ‘unknown’.
So, what does this mean for YOUR CAREER?
The time has come for great paradigm shifts in how you prepare, plan and pursue career success.
In light of today’s business and employment challenges, survival of the ‘fittest’ will be determined by an entirely different way of thinking, working and being.
Job for life is DEAD. Gone are the days of working to survive; these are the days of working with purpose. The purpose movement is challenging businesses and professionals to address long-ignored questions surrounding the notion of IMPACT – What is the value being created in the world and what is that exchange? As traditional companies grapple this existential question, and emerging businesses lead the way forward, the time has come for 21st Century career seekers and builders to actively cultivate a mindset that is driven by values, purpose, and possibilities.
Against a backdrop of rapid and unpredictable change, the ambiguous buzzword ‘future skills’ must be understood in more practical terms (by employees and employers), if we are to move beyond talking about skills and start building, articulating, and advocating them more effectively.
Above all else, navigating and thriving in today’s employment landscape is about being proactive in your personal/professional development.
This includes the ability to…
Your career ecosystem
It’s important to remember that no great feat is achieved single-handedly. Behind every great leader is a team of key ‘players’ to support a collective effort towards a common goal.
There are endless metaphors in competitive sports to illustrate this – here’s one example:
In a football match, it isn’t just stellar techniques in dribbling; kicking, blocking or manoeuvring the ball determines the outcome. Nor will the fastest or strongest team necessarily win the game. It is the strategic game plan, team formations, drills and tactics, coupled with the teams’ ability to play as a collective unit, towards a common goal, that wins. Similarly, when it comes to your career, it isn’t always about having the most experience, qualifications or credentials; thriving isn’t a result of going the journey alone. You need a strategic action plan and an ecosystem of goal-driven coaches/mentors, peers and accountability structures to support your endeavours and help you move forward – particularly in light of today’s market shifts and growing competition.
Here’s what you’ll need to create your career ecosystem and smash your 2018 goals:
- 1Goal – Start with the big picture. Take some time this holiday season to set a clear intention for your year ahead. Make it SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-driven). Without setting clear goals for yourself, it’s easy to lose sight of where you are headed – before you know it, another year will have gone by!
- 2Strategic Plan – You’ll also need a plan of action. Once you’ve set your bigger goal, you’ll need a roadmap to help you make those smaller wins. Remember it’s a process and aim is progress. Your plan doesn’t need to be elaborate or complex – an itemized list of action items and deadlines is all you’ll need to make the most of your time and efforts.
- 3Team – Who’s in your network and how could they help? This is possibly the most important aspect of your career ecosystem. Whether you join a Meetup, start a Mastermind group, work with a career coach, or find a mentor, having a support system to guide your forward journey and keep you accountable is essential to your career success.
In case you’re wondering whether a career coach is for you, here are three reasons why you might consider doing so…
Whether or not you decide to work with a coach, here are three important questions you can start to reflect on as you wrap up 2017 and look to the year ahead:
Use these questions and the resources given in the links to realize a career breakthrough
What is the purpose of the work to you? What motivates you to wake up and show up each day? What is your why?
WHAT’s your story? How have your personal and professional experiences shaped your identity, values and worth? What unique skills, insights and learnings have you developed on your journey and where could they lead you?
WHERE do you want to go and grow? What is the vision for your future self? What are the possibilities for the next direction or level of your career? What is the impact you want to make? How will you make it happen?
Whether your next milestone is an internal promotion, industry switch, or starting up a new venture – it’s the clarity of your vision, conviction of purpose, and the authenticity of your mission that will determine your success.
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Solonia Teodros is co-founder of The Change School – a lifestyle and learning brand to help people navigate through personal/professional transition and growth. An award-winning trainer/facilitator for leadership excellence, her Life/Work focuses on enabling purpose-
driven individuals and groups to embrace change, navigate life/work transitions and thrive – with confidence, courage and deeper connection to themselves.