Spotted this the other day and it might be preaching to the choir here, but a great run-down (especially to share with our parents and/or baby-boomers who are scratching their heads at convoluted careers) of how jobs have "worked" in the last 15+ years. Interesting that Hayek died in the year I graduated high school, at the time I was getting counselor advice to go to liberal arts schools so that I could become well-rounded instead of specifically trained.
From the article:
"Good jobs used to be ones with a good salary, benefits, location, hours, boss, co-workers, and a clear path towards promotion. Now, a good job is one that prepares you for your next job, almost always with another company."
[one manager says to new employees]: “You don’t work for me, I work for you… My job is to make sure you can do your job well. And one day, you are going to leave this job, right, our careers are long, and we will have many jobs along the way. When you want to leave this job, I hope to be here to help you move on to this next job.” From the outset, managers say that they will help those who work under them become job-quitters – to find the next best stepping stone in their career.
It does go into a prime dilemma that occurs in this situation: projects that are VERY specific to the company and not necessarily marketable elsewhere are avoided by workers with this philosophy, leaving legacy systems and local regulations neglected at times.
Enjoy, and would love to see others' thoughts.
Andrea, in Los Angeles, and SLC, and everywhere due to the whole free-agent thing