New World of Work

Are you prepared to be successful in the new world of work? Sometimes people expect that they will get one job and stay there for their entire work life. Or they expect their employers to take care of them. Or, they have trouble dealing with a job loss.

Today's world of work means that you are responsible for your career.

Be prepared. Learn about the ways the work world used to be. And be prepared to be successful with how it is today. Learn about the benefits of goal setting.

The Job Market

How it used to be: How it is today:  
Earn a high school diploma; more school or job training was not required. More jobs call for a degree or training past high school.
Most people rarely needed to use job search skills. Everyone needs to keep his or her job search skills sharp.
Compete for jobs only with local job seekers. Job seekers compete for jobs with people all over the world. Employers can move to another country. More workers can live away from their work. They use a computer to check in with their employer.

Relationship Between Employers and Employees

How it used to be: How it is today:
Employees did not plan to change jobs or companies too often. Employers did not trust those who change jobs every few years. Employees tend to change jobs every few years. Each move brings more skills and opportunities.
Employer = Caretaker. Companies laid off workers only when things were bad. Workers planned to be in one full-time job long term. Layoffs are more common. Workers see employers as customers. Full time employees act as contractors. Part-time positions are more common.
Employees stayed with one employer for a long time to get good benefits. Employers paid benefits based on how long you worked and your wage. Employees take their retirement plans with them when they change jobs. Workers are in charge of their own retirement plans.

Employment Realities

How it used to be: How it is today:
Workers had one career their whole life. They worked for one company long term. Workers have many careers and jobs in their lifetime.
Employees could predict how and when their pay and work duties would increase. Workers create their own career paths within one or many employers. They have more say in their own pay raises or change in duties.
Employees would do exactly the work an employer told them to do — and no more. Job duties change more often or match projects. Employers want workers who think for themselves.
There were many manual labor jobs in the production industries. More jobs are in the service or knowledge industries. Workers need to be creative. They need to provide good customer service. They also need technical skills.
Most people worked full time for one employer. Employees might work full time or part time. They might be short-term or contract workers. They may work for more than one company at once.
Employees who worked hard and were loyal got good pay and job security in return. Employees need to work hard and take charge of their own career goals. They get pay and training from many employers.
Advantages to the New World of Work
You Relate to Others as Equals: There is more of a “team” mindset in the work place. Supervisors’ roles have changed from "parent" to "coach.” You joined the team voluntarily and can leave any time. You can leave when you are ready. You also know that an employer can ask you to leave at any time.
You Find Greater Joy in Work: You can choose work that you find interesting. Since very few jobs offer real security, why not do what you love?
You Keep Growing: To keep growing, you need to expand your skills and add to your knowledge. You need to build relationships with coworkers and others in your field. You must be flexible and able to adapt to changes in your work. You must be able to transfer your skills to different types of work.
You Get to Define Yourself: Telling your story using your skills puts you in charge of your career. You can say, “I am good with my hands and I’ve put my skills to use in the past four years in painting houses.” You have more options than saying “I was a painter.”


Motivate Yourself in the New World of Work

M Manage your own work life: You are in charge of your career.
O Options and opportunity: Be aware of your choices and be ready to act on them.
T Training never ends: Keep updating your skills and learning about your career field.
I International mindset: Value different cultures. Think about the economic and work trends in other countries. Think about how they affect your work.
V Value all work: It shows that you place worth on your time and yourself.
A Achievement: Do the best job possible, set and realize your goals.
T Technology: Know how to use computers. Stay current with new technology.
E Economics: Understand how the economy affects you. It impacts the job market and your career field.