Career advice for a changing world

Strategy+Business, 2020-06-30

MK: A very-very shallow article with more or less interesting start and a devastatingly poor second half.


  • Finding, keeping and developing talent is always hard – crisis or not.

  • Better to understand who the employees are to help them adjust.

4 Vulnerable Groups

  • The Young: just leaving uni, likely with student debt and unclear future.

  • Mid-Career: (a good shot at middle class) Financial obligations without ability to adapt to new tech changes. [MK: actually, this is driven by their companies, not employees]

  • Close to retirement: may not have sufficient savings/pensions, have to keep working.

  • Workers on the Margins: hard to get by, job prospects are slim. Need government support in acquiring new skills.

  • Maybe, all these four groups can benefit from the government’s intervention.

The Career Ladder is Dead

  • Problem solving (vs career) is the skill to seek, as the skill is transferable regardless of tech.

  • A platform (in the local context) is a place where people learn new future-focused skills; interesting problems —> future employability.

  • The future is about moving between platforms (i.e. problem domains) utilizing the skills and methods of solving problems. Companies recognize people’s skills, not titles.

  • STEM is the measuring stick. [MK: No STEM – no future.]

New Fads

  • Local First – hiring people in the community being served.

  • Unscaling– dismantling old structures to optimize and reorganize.

  • Agile adjacency – apply skills from a different industry to a new job. Nothing new, though. The question is not how to apply skills, but how to successfully apply for a job.

Make it even if you fake it

  • Building a network [and relying on it later] requires consistent communications about yourself.

  • The usual B.S. of starting a company if you’re good at something, or upskilling to keep up with the job requirements. Really????

MK: Conclusion (sorry, no news here): start figuring out what you’re good at now, or start lowering your standards of living now, too. You can’t have both.