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06/06/13
Seeking Jobs. “Present Shock” and “Tour of Duty”
Filed under: Position Searching, Observ. Trends, Alternate Career Paths
Posted by: site admin @ 7:50 am

HT and I have known each other for a few years and collaborated
on some projects successfully.  He is looking for a position
and seems overwhelmed with daily pressures.

He seeks a position that will last for a decade or more and
provide a sense of security for himself and his family.  Is that
realistic in today’s economy, workforce demands and personal
preferences?

Recently, “On Point” presented a segment on “tours of duty”
employment cycles based on a Reid Hoffman HBR article.
While this may not fit everyone’s picture, it is a reality for
several fields and locations.

It is a mindset that “freelancers” share.   In order to be
successful one needs to adopt an entrepreneurial spirit
about your job search.  Douglas Rushkoff has written an
interesting book about some of the forces that generate this
reality in “Present Shock” where HT and others seem “overwound”
with too many pressures.

Rushkoff points out that
1.  we have lost the sense of our life’s narrative and are pushed
into many pressures in the moment– work, car, rent, daily events,
etc.
2.  we are constantly interrupted by various communication
media and find we are at the beckon and call of ever changing
things at the same time– constant needs.  (He calls this digiphrenia.)
3.  we relate to global trends (unemployment, advertized “happiness”,
dominance of ‘branding’, loss of beginnings and endings, etc.).  This
leads to despair and loss of hope.  We need to define our separate
agenda and purpose.
(Rushkoff– Fractalnoia)

It is hard to separate ourselves from the tornado of effects
and become grounded.  Reassess what steps to take.
Suggestion:  Do a personal self assessment and pursue
mentors to establish goals and create a narrative.  It may
involve a tour of duty.  Worth considering.

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