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As we left the Industrial Age behind and are now fully into the Information Age, many jobs have changed radically; become outdated or even obsolete and the jobs of the future do not even exist yet.
Change is so rapid that it is almost impossible to keep skills updated and relevant and several places of work have to change their hiring and training strategies.
I wonder how many of the labour forces around the world know how the Information Age will impact them and how the workforce of the future will have to adapt.
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Both employees and employers should consider the four factors that significantly impact their lives when engaging in a professional relationship:
1. Job vs career
As we enter economic uncertainty and downturns on a global scale and with work (job) opportunities becoming less, it will become more and more important for employees to not see themselves as looking for a ‘job’.
Employers are looking for skills and people who can run their job as a business – most people are familiar with the word Intrapreneur.
This is where employees add value to their company not as a person in a job but as a person who owns their own little business within a business.
An extra benefit for employees is that the skillset they acquire will assist them in every aspect of their lives as their mindset changes, and should they wish to start their own business at some future point they will be better equipped.
2. Be an A-player to be hired by the best
A-players hire A-players (and B and C players hire other B and C players). If you want to be employed or work with the best people and companies, you have to be one of the best players. A-players will always have job and financial security. It is the B and C players who don’t have much security. B and C players who are then hired by other B and C players will frequently end up in a mediocre job in a mediocre company and life.
You have to be passionate about what you do if you want to have a great job and career. Most employers are now hiring based on the passion and energy of the person they are looking to employ. Because so many skills are outdated and new skills are needed, many employers prefer training a passionate candidate instead of one with great skills, whose attitude and energy does not match the company’s culture.
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4. Surround yourself with people who make you feel less intelligent
Seek people to work with who are smarter than you; observe and learn from them. If you do this, you will constantly be pushed to learn more and this is how you become better and grow as a person.
If you have the need to be the brightest person in a group, you are guaranteed to stagnate in your career as you will not grow or even worse, you could become a B or C player.
Be relevant, Be passionate, Create your own opportunities.