Is lifetime employment a thing of the past?
May 16, 2007 1:14am CST
A generation ago, lifetime employment at one company was the norm. Increasingly, people are job-hopping at the rate of 2-4 years at each company. Is this your experience in your country too? Are careers these days best forged through changing jobs? Does switching jobs give the broadest working experience? How many times have you switched jobs, or how many different employers do you anticipate you will have over your lifetime?
16 May 07
These days, the employees are extremely mobile. And given the improving economy and the influx of skilled workers from countries all over the world, employers are spoilt for choices. Loyalty to a company holds no weight in this volatile employee market. With the retrenchment exercises going on in so many companies, your experiences and loyalties to a company don't mean squat when a company decides on down sizing. What is important are mobile skills, skills that can be applied to different job scopes... like programming skills, management skills, sales skills, networking skills... etc. These are the skills that can be applied to any jobs in any field of work that matters. These days, employees have to be adaptable. We are all entrepreneurs of our own lives. We have to market ourselves effectively to hold down to a job. Gone are the days where one is appreciated for his tenure there. If you produce results, you are treasured. If that benchmark you set for yourself dips, you are no longer as valuable as the one who produced better results than you. There is no other choice for us but to adapt to this change in society.