Future-proofing your career has never been so important. The working world has changed and there is no going back. Change is the only constant. Here are 4 steps you can take right now to ensure your career can adapt to a constantly changing world.
This week, the team at Churchill has returned to the Whitehouse (our office in leafy Samford Village) after 16 weeks of working from home.
We will be together for one week before moving into a hybrid working model – a balance of working from home and the office in combination.
There is no doubt that the working world has changed and once changed, there is no going back, just moving forward. Change is the only constant.
One phrase coming up consistently in our conversations with clients over the last 16 weeks is “Future proofing careers”.
In a time where clients in traditionally “safe” careers have found themselves at risk, it makes sense that so many of us would be starting to think about how to be future proof.
Here’s what we know about future proofing careers:
There are no guarantees in life.
Not even the most tightly worded contract will get us out of the one guarantee in life: there are no guarantees.
You still need a plan.
Not a bulletproof 99-point plan that you think out over many years. That is not a plan, it is paralysis.
You need a robust but “Start Here, Start Now” type of plan.
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman (quoted here) calls this, “dynamic stability” – the ability to adapt to change constantly.
It’s called Controlling What You Can Control.
And it reminds you that whilst life can still come at you, you are not the sit in the corner and rock type.
You are the get in and fight on type.
Brave hearts and minds are always within your control.
“A good plan violently executed right now is far better than a perfect plan executed next week.”
So, where do you start with future proofing your career?