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03/13/14
Perspective on Personal Career Growth
Filed under: Mature professionals, Observ. Trends, Alternate Career Paths
Posted by: site admin @ 2:33 pm

We hear the terms thrown around:  job hopping,
free agents, entrepreneurial spirit, meta-data
meso-facts

They are all related in the world of technical careers.

So much so, that the previous generation of people
who prized longevity, security, and loyalty seem at
odds with our current career paths. 

The previous generation had linear “trendlines” and
fewer variables for technical careers compared to what
we all face today.
No one generation of technical careers, not baby-boomers,
not Gen-Xers or Gen-Yers are any different and not
facing more complexity, shorter cycle times, and
irregular lags between cycles.

It really beckons us to think more deeply about what
our needs, priorities and dreams are for ourselves and
our loved ones and families.

What I would argue is that despite the drive to short term
wins, which form a hedonic treadmill, it is important
to search and reaffirm our values and principles in
all the things we do and say.

Longevity now means forming different multi-generational,
interdisciplinary teams to tackle problems, if even for
a short term.  Then, doing it again and again and again with
different teams.
Security does not mean static;  it argues for dynamism, recognizing
constraints and timelines.  It means preparing for change and
developing intuition.
Loyalty recognizes both the good in everyone, including ourselves,
and our limitations and defining priorities and common
goals.

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