We are likely to have 17 jobs over five different careers in a working lifetime.
We are likely to have 17 jobs over five different careers in a working lifetime.

We are likely to have 17 jobs over five different careers in a working lifetime.

Sure, it might sound like a lot of jobs and career changes, but a global report says that the way we work is changing – and this type of “portfolio” career will be the new normal moving forward.

So, what does this really mean for you as a people manager when it comes to bringing on new staff and building your team?

Well, of course there are going to be hiring challenges with this future way of working. It’s going to be tricky to find people with more than 10 years’ technical expertise. And you might not get the same payback from longer grad-style programs and more traditional training methods – such as university degrees taken over a number of years.

On the flipside, the people you hire are going to bring a whole host of positive attributes to your team.

For one thing, you’ll have access to a pool of talent who bring transferable skills and who are able to hit the ground running from day one. You’ll find that they tend to be focused on personal growth – self-starters who are dedicated to continuous, self-directed learning.

This change to the way we work will also mean smart-thinking, highly-engaged employees who bring heaps of creativity and are happy to share ideas from their experiences in other industries and jobs. Importantly, when new hires join your organisation as their next chosen career move, they certainly won’t be lacking in fresh perspectives and passion for the role.

All in all, this future way of working could be a win-win all round.

If you need to find your next wave of talent, contact a recruitment agency like Trojan Recruitment Group and get advice from the experts in labour hire,  temp recruitment and permanent and contract staff.

Source: The Foundation of Young Australians (FYA), ‘The New Work Smarts: Thriving in the New Work Order’, 2017.

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