Career dynamics are changing, due to technology or maybe the over-optimization of processes, and society needs to adapt in order to maintain living standards and grow. The process has already started and is exhibited through the rise of a sharing economy and the great detail of attention given towards entrepreneurship and numerous freelance positions in recent years.
Career “advisors” are enduring a significant overhaul in attempt to remain relevant by ultimately turning traditional views on their head. This transition will no doubt be painful for many but those who accept reality and evolve with market demands have a much greater chance of achieving happiness and success, whatever that might mean to you.
For those interested in gaining a better understanding of the transition, I encourage you to check out James Altucher’s latest book Choose Yourself, which discusses how to create a versatile personal base to adapt to these changing demands and offers numerous insights on harnessing creativity. Choose Yourself takes an introspective view in addressing traditional career beliefs, a trait necessary to survive in the new economy. Plus, Mr. Altucher will either refund your money or donate the amount to charity after reading.
“The world is changing. Markets have crashed. Jobs have disappeared. Industries have been disrupted and are being remade before our eyes. Everything we aspired to for “security,” everything we thought was “safe,” no longer is: College. Employment. Retirement. Government. It’s all crumbling down. In every part of society, the middlemen are being pushed out of the picture. No longer is someone coming to hire you, to invest in your company, to sign you, to pick you. It’s on you to make the most important decision in your life: Choose Yourself.
New tools and economic forces have emerged to make it possible for individuals to create art, make millions of dollars and change the world without “help.” More and more opportunities are rising out of the ashes of the broken system to generate real inward success (personal happiness and health) and outward success (fulfilling work and wealth).” (Altucher)
If you aren’t interested in reading, here is a quick (but not complete) alternative introduction: Economist Andrew McAfee “thinks through what future jobs might look like, and how to educate coming generations to hold them” in the TED talk embedded below.