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The prospect of staying in the same job all of
one’s working life is becoming less and less
likely. A lot of people go for a complete career
change in their early thirties. It is not
uncommon for people to have three different
careers in a lifetime. In Western countries,
relatively young and affluent retired people
become heavily engaged in voluntary work.
It can also appear that while there is a lot of
work to do, that there are fewer full-time jobs
in the traditional sense. Even though most
people’s aim is to have a permanent job and all
the benefits associated with full-time work,
there are other common ways of working.
part-time work – i.e. for fifteen hours a week.
temporary work (may be full-time) – often
contract work – limited to particular tasks for
a pre-agreed time
Our place of work is changing too. There are
new ways of working which are becoming more
and more common.
flexitime – employees, within reason, fix their
own starting and finishing times. This may
commonly involve working from home one day
telecommuting – instead of going to work
every day, people work from their homes, and
keep in contact with the office electronically or
by telephone. Rank Xerox was a pioneer of this.
hot-desking – there are no fixed offices or
workstations for employees. Instead, they find
whatever space is available when they arrive at
Semco – Brazil’s Semco, owned and managed
by Ricardo Semler, is at the forefront of
revolutionary working practices and has long
followed a hot-desking and flexitime policy. In
addition, employees have some freedom to fix
their own salaries and hours of work and select
their own managers. See the ProFile Student’s site: www.oup.com/elt/profile TEMPING
Some people actively choose ‘temping’
(temporary work) as a way of leading their
working lives. They like the break from the
routine of going to the same place of work
with the same people each day. They enjoy new
faces, new challenges, and different styles of
organization. Manpower and Adecco are two
enormous worldwide agencies which supply
Even for those of us who are lucky enough to
have a full-time, permanent job, there is a need
to revise the way that we look at work.
Previously, employees were very concerned
with moving up the career ladder. Nowadays, it
is probably better to stop thinking of moving
from rung to rung until we reach the limits of
our capabilities or ambitions. Rather we
should think of a lattice where we move across,
or diagonally. Another shift in attitude is that
all of us should consider ourselves
self-employed, and always be thinking of our
roles in terms of their utility to the employer.
EMPLOYABILITY, PORTFOLIO OF
Even though lifetime employment within a
firm is becoming more uncertain, lifetime
employability in the world of work is an
achievable aim. We owe it to ourselves to
constantly develop new skills, and bring
existing ones up to date, so that we remain
competitive within the job market. Rather than
focus on one thing, we need to have a portfolio
of skills and capacities for different types of
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2010 for the course RBS BCN taught by Professor Dekoe during the Spring '10 term at Rotterdam Business School.
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