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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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7. Your Career Adventure: A Framework for Planning Your Career

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As we’ve seen, the workplace has changed dramatically over the past few decades. People are living much longer, meaning they must also work longer and keep a careful eye on their finances to ensure they’ll have enough to live on. The workforce has become incredibly diverse in terms of gender, race, nationality, generation, and family patterns. New technologies are invented all the time, creating and destroying job categories, and so workers have to continually update their skills to remain employable. And not only companies but individuals face competition from abroad.

At the same time, workers have more options than ever before. They may choose to work for large corporations, medium-sized firms, or small businesses; work in the public, private, or nonprofit sectors; start their own businesses or operate franchises; freelance; or do some combination of the above. They now have greater freedom to choose the working arrangements that best suit their temperaments, skill sets, interests, and values, and change their employers or working conditions to suit different phases of their lives. As a result, their career and life paths resemble mazes more than they do ladders (see Figure 7.1).

Are You Ready?

Which do you spend more time planning—your career or your next vacation? If you’re like most people, the answer’s the latter. Americans spend an average of five hours planning a vacation, five hours researching a home loan, eight hours preparing ← 122 | 123 → to buy a car, and 10 hours planning a...

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