It’s important to make sure that your career decisions are informed (as much as possible) by a realistic assessment of the information available rather than relying on assumptions that you or others may have.
Some of these assumptions may have gained credibility over time, especially if they have been reinforced by the media and people whose opinion you value.
The exercise below will give you the opportunity to test your own career assumptions.
This mini quiz gives you the opportunity to become aware of any career myths you may have accepted as realities (until now) and to possibly challenge these assumptions. Being aware of career myths that have influenced your career planning so far may open up new possibilities for exploration that you may not have considered.
The earlier a person selects a steady career, the better.
There are many ways of finding out if a person might enjoy working in a particular occupation besides taking a job in that field.
Somewhere there is a test that can tell me what to do for the rest of my career.
During his/her lifetime, a person is likely to work in several different occupations.
The current job market determines what career a person should choose.
The majority of job seekers find jobs through word of mouth.
Changing careers indicates there is something "wrong" about a person.
There is no job security any more.
Change is everywhere. No longer are there short periods of change followed by long periods of stability. We have to learn to live and prosper in a world of constantly changing demands and possibilities.
All this change and possibility happen in an environment where the past does not necessarily prepare us for the future. Some of these changes include technological change, globally competitive markets, new patterns of work and higher educational requirements. Whatever the reasons, there has been a series of unmistakeable trends particularly in the world of work you are already in or about to enter.
To maximise your choices and build a career in this rapidly changing environment you will have to take responsibility for your own direction and growth, understand what your goals are and be flexible and open to developing new skills.
Here are some examples of the changes you can expect in the current world of work:
- Undertaking 6 to 10 different jobs throughout your lifetime
- Increased responsibility for planning and managing your career
- Less stability and security within organisations
- Involvement in education and training throughout your life
- Developing portable skills to ensure employability
- Keeping up to date with labour market trends and anticipating future trends
- Spending time unemployed
- Holding temporary and short-term positions
- Working towards a job that does not exist at present
- Constantly aiming to acquire new skills to increase your employability.