Career.prospects - ProFile 1 UNIT 7 Career prospects The prospect of staying in the same job all of one’s working life is becoming less and less

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Unformatted text preview: ProFile 1 UNIT 7 Career prospects 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 seasonal 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 a week. 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 work. 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 temporary staff. CAREER PATHS 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 SKILLS 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 work. Photocopiable © Oxford University Press ...
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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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