8 Global Trends that are Influencing You and Your Career Choices

8 Global Trends that are Influencing You and Your Career Choices

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1. Massive global change

We have big problems in many fundamental areas (economy, environment, social equity, health, education, politics, gender equality, careers, income and jobs) on a local and global scale.  These issues are at critical levels, preventing our society from functioning effectively and optimally. Greater levels of global interconnectedness and 

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1. Massive global change

interdependence mean an impact in one fundamental area across the globe literally affects us all in our careers and lives.

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2. A yearning to make a difference

A new age has commenced, moving from patriarchy and hierarchy to more partnership and empowered collaboration.  There is an increasing trend towards more professionals and executives wanting to make a positive contribution and more impact in their careers.

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3. Constant career insecurity

High unemployment and underemployment are expected to continue for years to come.  Continual change and disruption require you to plan and pivot, embrace change, and be more resilient, agile, adaptive and fluid, transforming more than ever before. You are truly in an ever-changing, unknown and emerging environment.

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4. An old, outdated career system for a new world

The ‘job for life’ has opened up to become ‘many jobs for now’. There are so many more options for you to make an impact now (board roles, side businesses, your own business, freelancing and consulting, projects and collaborations, hybrid and portfolio career creation, to name a few).  New-world free agents are thriving, while traditional, linear 

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4. An old, outdated career system for a new world

career and progression paths have been destroyed.  The traditional career ladder has professionals stuck at all levels, especially those in the middle rungs trying to ascend and make a bigger impact.

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5. An addiction to busy

Overworking and over-stressing is not helping you achieve more. Firefighting and fixing and saying yes to everything and everyone are causing immense health issues in our workplaces and society.  You can be so busy giving 110% to your current role that you are not planning for what’s next in your career. This leaves you more exposed to future-of-work 

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5. An addiction to busy

impacts and working harder. This approach will leave you behind and making little lasting impact.

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6. Generational diversity and increasing future-of-work complexity

We have five different generations in the workplace all wanting to contribute. The workforce is more diverse and more complex than ever before.  You have more flexibility in your career than ever before. It’s more complex than ever to lead and make a difference as we have fast-forwarded to globalisation, artificial 

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6. Generational diversity and increasing future-of-work complexity

intelligence, virtual reality, digital technology, the internet of things (IOT), working from home, working from anywhere, and these all impact you and the new world of work.

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7. Untapped potential left on the table

Women are more educated, more career-oriented and more globally aware than ever before. So many have outgrown their current role; they can feel stuck and are capable of more in their career.  They want to contribute more but there are pressures – both external (societal and social norms and systematic conditions) and internal 

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7. Untapped potential left on the table

(including negative self-talk such as: ‘I don’t want to brag,’ ‘I am not good enough,’ ‘I haven’t done enough,’) – that are holding them back from speaking up and being and contributing their authentic, most impactful selves in the workplace.

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8. Online personal branding pressure

Jobs in the new world are typically sourced by networks and online searches.  You need to be known, continually adapting and valuable in the ever-changing future. If you don’t learn how to authentically brand yourself, you will be commoditised, less sought after and left behind by others making a greater impact. Career women in 

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8. Online personal branding pressure

particular ‘hate’ (a strong word, I know) branding and selling and talking about their achievements themselves. Professionals, business owners and leaders at all levels are expected to have a positive brand reputation and to be up to date and leveraging the latest in personal branding, social media and technology. It can leave many feeling ‘old school’, with an expiry date.

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