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Employed for Life

21st-Century Career Trends

Tracey Wilen-Daugenti, Courtney L. Vien and Gary Daugenti

Employed for Life: 21st-Century Career Trends is the first book to explore career development from the viewpoints of firm managers, HR professionals, recruiters, job seekers, and employees. It examines such topics as new developments in recruiting and career development; the ways social, cultural, and technological forces have changed careers; and best practices for job hunting and career planning. The authors use primary and secondary research to provide insight on how the nature of work has changed and what that means for individuals' career plans. Employed for Life shares career advice from recruiters and HR professionals and provides a framework that readers can use to ensure lifelong employment.
Some of the questions answered in this book include:
How are the new demographics of the United States changing the way we work?
How will longevity impact career planning?
Is technology creating more jobs than it destroys?
What are HR professionals doing to address talent management in the 21st century?
What insights can recruiters provide to help employees navigate a dynamic marketplace?
How are employees finding work in a difficult job market?
How can individuals plan for a career that could last 50 years or longer?
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2. From Ladder to Labyrinth: New Ways of Working and the Rise of the Do-It-Yourself Career

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Walter was born in 1920. He received an engineering degree at age 22 and took a job with a textile firm in New England. Walter’s talent was quickly recognized, and he was soon promoted to a management position. He spent the next 43 years with the same company, moving up the ranks. His job required him to move several times over the course of his career, and he spent much of his time on the road inspecting the company’s mills, but, as his wife was a full-time homemaker, this did not present a hardship. When Walter retired at age 65, he had attained the rank of senior vice president.

Walter’s daughter, Debbie, was born in 1954. She earned a nursing degree from a hospital-based diploma program, and went to work as a staff nurse for that same hospital. After she gained more experience, she was promoted to nurse manager. In the early 1990s, Debbie noticed that more of her younger colleagues had bachelor’s degrees, and how their skills and knowledge helped them on the job. She enrolled in night school, earned a BSN, and found it so intellectually stimulating that she continued on for her master’s degree. This degree enabled her to take a less physically demanding, but higher-paying, job as a case manager in her 50s. Debbie doesn’t want to retire for at least 10 more years, but, when she does, she plans to volunteer for a nonprofit patient advocacy organization.

Debbie’s daughter, Carly, was...

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