Careers: The ever-changing definition

  • Posted by Heather Powell on June 25, 2023 at 1:21 pm

    I found this interesting article over the weekend called, “ Is the career dead? What does that mean for workplaces?”

    It was published on June 20th, 2023, and discussed the changing view of what “career” means for individuals who are entering or currently in the early stages of their career development journey.

    The statement that stood out the most to me in the article was the change from career development being seen as a ladder to a jungle gym.

    As Career Development Practitioner, I am confident that we have all seen clients who have taken a jungle gym approach to their career journey over the traditional ladder approach, but I still encounter people that see this as a potential problem.

    Currently, I work for an organization where people tend to take the ladder approach to their career development, and when they see individuals who haven’t engaged in a ladder approach, they think that it could indicate that the individual has a lack of commitment to employment opportunities and companies.

    I currently hold a full-time job and two part-time roles. Both of the part-time roles are contract-based and I enjoyed the flexibility that they provide me. I have been told that my LinkedIn Profile is confusing because it looks like I have had multiple jobs in a short time period (3 to 5 years).

    I reply with, “You’re correct! I am continuously looking for exciting part-time opportunities to help me build my skills and experiences while maintaining my full-time job for the financial security that it provides me.”

    And to be honest, with the current state of the economy, working multiple jobs has provided me with “fun money” that I wouldn’t have otherwise.

    If you get a chance, please review this article and share your thoughts. I am curious to see what other people’s experiences have been regarding their own career pathways and if they have engaged in a “ladder approach” or the “jungle gym” approach.

    Heather Powell replied 11 months, 3 weeks ago 1 Member · 0 Replies
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