Is Your Career Sustainable? How to Recognize the Challenges and Value of Doing the Work
After a corporate career stint, being an entrepreneur, and meeting a nuclear physicist, I finally saw the big picture
By Roger Reid, Ph.D.|Success Point 360
When the lumber industry harvests a tree, a new seedling is planted.
When home builders plan a new subdivision, their designs incorporate energy-saving features, with the eventual goal of a net-zero impact to the grid.
More states are eliminating plastic bags to reduce the long-term impact on the environment.
In an ever-changing, impermanent world, our focus is now on maintaining our scarce and dwindling resources. So we reuse, recycle, allocate, and ration — enacting policies and restrictions to conserve our limited reserves.
This is a far cry from the mindset of the disposable, throw-away culture of the eighties when consumer-oriented companies operated with a mindset of programmed failure and designed half-life.
This new awareness — the need to protect, conserve, and sustain our limited resources — highlights the necessity to plan for the future.
Should our careers be any different?
Integrating the idea of sustainability into career planning can be a challenge.
A 2018 survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that the average worker will change jobs — and even industries — an average of twelve times during their lifetime.
And yet, regardless of the number of times we change our employment, there is the underlying, fundamental premise that we’re boosting our career trajectory, that our need to leave one employer for another is motivated by the hope and promise of something better — improved working conditions, more money, or greater opportunity for advancement.
Job sustainability is about continuity …