Job Security Is a Complete Myth – Re-Invent Yourself Now
Job security is dead.
According to business psychologists Timothy Butler and James Waldroop, authors of Discovering Your Career in Business (Addison-Wesley, 1997), the company you work for no longer dictate the moves you made.
Fast forward to 2014, the author of The Future of Work: Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders, and Create a Competitive Organization, Jacob Morgan posits that “Job security is a complete myth, as is long-term employment. Companies lay off employees in droves…by the thousands!”
In the last millennium, the work cycle is similar to a tree – join a company, grow roots, and stay put. Today, the tree has been replaced by surfer. You are always on the move, falling into the water again and again but getting back up to catch that next wave.
Today, the job security/loyalty scale is balanced by the question of “who is responsible for your career?” Before the turn of the century, a social contract went along with a job. And organizations accepted some form of responsibility or another for their staff.
The validity of a contract is questionable today and YOU are responsible for shaping your own career within an organization. (Or to put it more appropriately – between organizations).
Butler and Waldroop describes the evolution of work using three words that tend to be used interchangeably – job, career and vocation.
Job is the most specific and immediate of the three: your job designation, employer and job specification for the next 6 months or so. In this post-information economy, describing what your job will be beyond 12-18 months is moving into the realm of uncertainty.
The word career is the one most commonly heard today. Webster’s Dictionary defined it as ‘a swift course’, ‘one’s progress through life’ and ‘a profession or occupation’. Aptly enough, it’s intransitive verb definition is ‘to rush wildly’. Like most of us in our hurry to accumulate wealth just jumped into what we think will become our career.
You can have different careers at different points in your life. You may aspire or have a career as an engineer or banker but it isn’t the same as your calling.
Making A Difference
Which brings us to the third and final definition of work – vocation. The word vocation is derived from the Latin word “vocare”, which means “to call”. Doing things in life that makes a difference to you. Something you can look back upon in later years to see the impact you have made on the world.
A calling is something you have to listen for. It won’t come as a writing on the wall.
the death of job security
To further challenge your paradigm – look closely to the word career. The word originated from the Latin word for cart and the Middle French word for race track. If you have come across financial guru Robert Kiyosaki’s Cashflow Game, you will know what that means – going round and round real fast inside a hamster wheel – but NOT getting anywhere.