The 99 Percent on careers:
We’re at an interesting crossroads in terms of careers. We still want them, but they don’t exist anymore. In the US, the typical job tenure is now 4 years, with most workers cycling through about 11 jobs in their lifetime.*
This post is full of great advice. Obvious to some, but all great none-the-less.
For those of us in ‘creative’ fields, I think ability to cycle through jobs is more common than in other fields. As a web designer, I used to bounce around a lot, from design studio to design studio. Probably more than I should have. I remember telling a good friend I started at a new company and he remarked, “So when’s your last day?”
But back to non-creatives. I think they’re the ones being most affected by the shrinking of job tenure. They’re not as nimble on their toes. They learn a skill, get a job and go on autopilot. Not anymore. Now everyone has to be nimble, responding to changes in the workforce and technology.
The article brings to mind my favorite Charles Darwin quote: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”