Is there a future for career planning?

by Barrie Hopson on January 25, 2012 · 2 comments

in Future of work,New ways of working

Increasingly my simplistic answer to this is ‘NO’. Career planning seems to be an oxymoron.

Career surfing might be a better metaphor. You never know what the weather is going to be like, it changes while you are surfing, its sometimes difficult to stay upright and you can’t guarantee your direction or speed. And sometimes you fall off!

The latest US stats tell us that people change their jobs every 4 years, men have over 11 jobs in a lifetime and women nearly 11. My guess is that the same trend is here in the UK too. What you need to  know are your motivated skills, what is important to you in life Рyour values Рand the work life blend that you want now. The latter will change according to circumstances. You need to spend time with people from whom you can learn and who you can help too. You need to be open to possibilities all the time Рhowever satisfied you might be now. You must believe that every job is temporary. You own your own means of production. You can develop them, hire them out, use them to create your business, teach others to use them. Karl Marx would not have recognised this as in his time the factory owned the means of production and you would have been one of the instruments in creating wealth for the factory owners. Today, for very little outlay sometimes, you can be the factory.

If you do all of these things then you truly will become the architect who develops your own future.

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1 Andrew Munro January 25, 2012 at 11:32 am

Barrie, overall I agree but I’d phrase it differently. The future of Career Planning is for each of us to plan best how to build and deploy our particular skills. It certainly becomes a more individual, self-driven and ongoing activity – rather than a tidy, clear plan you might get from the careers office on leaving school – but to suggest its an oxymoron also suggests we are too much in the hands of fate. Just my two pennies’ worth.

2 Barrie Hopson January 26, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Thanks Andrew – your thoughts are worth much more than 2 pennies!

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