This swiftly evolving business landscape carries with it a heightened need for effective, agile and proactive career management. The risks of not managing your career have never been greater. Unprepared and unwary executives may quickly find that their skill sets are obsolete, their role has been supplanted by a robo-advisor or artificial intelligence, or that their company’s very existence is in question. The average tenure of today’s executive with an employer is in the four- to five-year range. This means that in the span of a 40-year career, a professional may change jobs 8 to 10 times. Gone are the days when most executives worked for a company for fifteen or more years.
Today’s executive needs an agile and proactive mindset to navigate both the opportunities and perils of today’s corporate landscape. Preparation for the new and unexpected is now essential. Understanding and continually working to master the following skills will help you carve out a successful career path, which will most likely not be linear. Here are the fundamental building blocks of successful career management:
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