The jobs of the future are coming faster than we think. In the Harvard Business Review, Anne-Marie Slaughter offers some helpful advice on finding the perfect profession in the new economy. Look at the world around you, she says, and design your own profession that connects the various strands throughout the economy:
Look around, find out what is already being done, and then connect existing initiatives, programs, projects, and organizations to one another in ways that allow them to be more than the sum of their parts.So what does all this mean for job-seekers in this uncertain economy? Forget the titles on the org charts and the advertised positions. Design your own profession and convince employers that you are exactly what they need.
This ingenuity among job-seekers is key to restoring job growth. It is clear that the blue model of lifetime jobs within large businesses is crumbling, and that it will be replaced by a more democratic and individualized system that will offer less stability but greater freedom than the old model. Today’s economy, grim though it appears, does offer opportunity to those who can get creative. Rather than searching for a foothold within an established company, explore the world around you and figure out what people need. Then seek out people who need the services you can provide.The jobs of the future are coming, but they won’t be handed down from on high.