The world is moving very fast, and so are the people in it. In this fast moving environment, only the most adaptable will survive
Not looking at the recession that will eventually diminish, I believe that companies’ talent acquisition and retention strategies will change completely due to the new career values of the Gen-Y.
In the past, companies’ often hire individuals that fit their culture, who are smart, and have lots of potentials. They invest time and money to train these individuals into future managers and eventually leaders of the firm.
However, since the general trend is that employees nowadays only stick with one company for a few years, it no longer makes economical sense for them to hire people who just have lots of potentials but needs further training to become a valuable warrior on the job.
But who can blame these companies? Why would a company invest in thousands of dollars in training to make the perfect employee, just to lose her to its biggest competitors?
Because of this “job-hopping” trend, companies will be forced to only hire people who already have all the skills, instead of one’s who can be trained for the job.
This means that when they hire you, they don’t want to develop your skills. They want to simply give you some instructions, and plug-and-play immediately.
What does this mean for the new generation looking for an awesome and meaningful career? It means that you need to make sure you are constantly developing new skills on your own in order to compete with others and become hire-able.
Don’t rely on your school and companies to train you and make you a competitive talent
Take initiative and learn as much as you can. Utilize every single spare moment you have to make yourself a stronger character in the game of life.
After all, you have 168 hours a week. A 40-hour job is not full-time. It’s not even quarter time. If you sleep for another 40 hours, you have 88 hours left in the week. Take advantage of that time and level up in whatever you do.
To live an extraordinary life, you have to live every day of your life extraordinarily. If you live every day of your life like everyone else, you will end up like everyone else.