Essay on The Changing World of Work
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The Changing World of Work
For this assignment the aim of the report it going to focus and explain on how such organisations benefit from career management and in what ways career management benefits individuals. The demand for excellent people is always high but the supply, unfortunately, always falls well short of demand. The naturally excellent sales person, manager, accountant and so on, is already working for someone else perhaps in his or her own business and there is short fall for experienced qualified individuals that some of these firms and companies are looking for, so this assignment will explain how career management is very beneficial for people planning there career and how it is…show more content…
When you start your career planning, or access the University’s careers guidance service, you should remember it is not just about helping you to choose a career or find a job. It is equally about equipping you with the skills and attitude to seek out information and to become more self-confident and self-reliant. Career management benefits you to develop a clear understanding of what you are good at, what you like doing and equally what you don’t and to understand your own values and aspirations, to weigh up the pros and cons of a course of action and to plan for the future. It is not simply a case of the job you can get with a particular degree, but more importantly it is about what job and career you want to pursue and why.
In many cases this will enable you to get your first job. It will be a job, where you will have to work hard for relatively little pay, but you will gain work experience. After 18 months to two years you will probably change jobs to get more experience and reckon to get your first good career grade job when you are aged 26-30.
In other cases you will take a further qualification immediately after your first degree. It could be a change of direction towards qualification in law, finance, business, accounting, administration, teaching, medicine, or research;
The world of working is changing constantly, with new careers and interesting opportunities becoming available. We are experiencing big trends and research indicates three important things we want as part of a better job.
More than a decade ago I was part of a think tank group that got together in various workshops to think and design tomorrow’s organisation. Looking back, I am surprised how little has changed in some ways, though with technology we are seeing virtual working becoming more of a reality, though many jobs still require a person serving a customer.
One of the big trends driving the world are the demographic shifts that is taking place. Not only have we seen significant outsourcing of jobs in the last decade, but also a shift in where and how work is performed.
There is also a much higher degree of diversity – as result of a more global perspective on work, with people moving around and living in many countries during their working life. In my own case, I am now living in my third country.
We are experiencing diversity in gender, ethnicity and generational perspectives, making our organisations more complex and the role of managers more important, as they are not only dealing with more demanding customers, but also with more demanding employees.
Research are indicating that the top three things that young people as new job seekers are looking for, tend to be very similar as for most employees:
(a) Learning and growth opportunities
Employees want to work in challenging and rewarding jobs. Jobs need to be designed to encourage personal growth, with an annual learning plan for career development. Employees don’t necessarily want to climb a career ladder, but want to move into various and different roles,
(b) Being part of a trusting organisation that offers a career path
Companies need to provide context and meaning to employees, by sharing with them sufficient information on how they fit in with the strategies of the business. Employee engagement is being part of a great place to work.
(c) Having flexibility in their lives
People want more control over their lives. The standard way of designing a 40 hour five day a week job is changing. Employees want the flexibility to work in two different jobs, or to only work a certain number of hours.
How we work and communicate is different from a decade ago, particularly as we engage through social media. All of these trends also have an impact on the industries and career options you are considering, as you steer your career to a better job.
Charles van Heerden
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Charles is an HR careers expert with a strong focus on talent management. He has been an HR Director in three countries, a senior line manager and a consultant. Charles holds a degree in Psychology and has completed advanced studies in HR and change management.