Employability Mantras for next decade: The right job
Having discussed the mantras of setting right direction and foundation, the next focus should be on how one can land up with the right job. I find most of the job seekers look for a job with criterions that are opposite to the one that can get success. Most of them in such cases loose on precious time in their career to move up the value chain and struggle as they age.
In a survey conducted on college students, the most popular jobs were those that gave highest salary followed by the location of posting. Most students liked to work near to their hometown even that meant compromising on the key success factors. Brand of the company mattered a lot to every job seeker, as the general feeling was that working with a big brand gave job security.
On the other hand, the next decade will have different criterions to judge the best starting job. The job that would give the best learning in the area that the job seeker is looking for is always the best one. Everything else is secondary. I have seen that most of the big brands and large companies may end up giving an aura of security and pride, they typically lack in the learning that they pass on to the young graduates. Being large, the bureaucracy of the organization and far too much segmentation in the jobs takes away the critical learning period from these job seekers. While some large organizations are on the other side of the spectrum, the next decade is all about the culture of startup even if that has to be nurtured under a large brand. The startup culture demands multi tasking, clarity out of the ambiguous roles and a strong teamwork to achieve the outcome. The culture demands open mind and constant learning to bring out the best. The attitude and hunger to learn that you create in your youth would help create this environment. Such environment is not what we see in most large companies today who are now realizing themselves the power of startup culture within their teams to remain competitive and grow.
While I recommend the adoption of a startup culture, it does not mean that everyone should be flocking for a new startup venture to learn, rather, it can be done in current organizations as well. The only difference they would need will be an open management and a positive boss. You can create your existing job into a great learning job if you try and showcase the power of such a change in attitude that can being wonders to your organizations eventually.