In my many years in this industry, I’ve encountered countless freelancers who spend at least 30% of their careers between jobs, searching for that next big project or client. I’ve come to...
We are entering into the age of the Gig Economy. By 2020, 40% of you will be working on contract instead of full-time. As technology changes at a rapid pace, the way this world works changes too. That said, you will likely have changed careers and expertise by then as well. Most career playing fields would have changed by 2020. For many of you, this is already happening. Are you prepared to shift as the world shifts?
In previous generations career paths were straight and narrow like the game of checkers. One could stay in a single career their entire lifetime. Now career paths are as complex as a game of chess. The strategies and directions one could go in are endless. It could take years to master and some never will.
Building your career path takes time and it's an iterative process. In our last blog 3 steps to uncover your polymath DNA we talked about looking inward and discovering your skills and capabilities.
Now look outward. You have a myriad of directions you can go in and the thought of this is overwhelming. Let’s first follow these steps to analyzing the possible environments around you and the potential paths that can be taken.
Look at the current trends in your field. Create a doc and start plotting your own data.
1. New Values
What's becoming valuable in your industry/specialty as well as in tangent spaces?
List what you see as valuable and why.
How do you see these changes happening in your space vs in tangent spaces?
2. New Players
Who is disrupting these industries and how?
What companies do you see changing the landscape and what are they doing?
Are they new players in the industry or existing companies shifting direction?
How would you profile these companies?
3. New Skills
Look into the future, what new skills in these industries are becoming popular?
List and analyze the new skills that are surfacing. What does it take to acquire them?
After spending time exploring it's time to take action and look for patterns. In our next blog 3 Steps to Uncover your Polymath DNA, you will use this information to marry your inner abilities and outward potentials.
There are always other possibilities out there for everyone. You just have to take the time to look for answers within yourself. Find out what's relevant to you.
What are you willing to learn and develop?
How do your skills fit in the emerging industries and specialties?
What skills are you missing or need to work on?
At Yeh IDeology we have developed a methodology that will make your dream job a reality. If you are looking to identify the opportunities you are missing, you need to schedule a Strategy Call with Angela Yeh.
About Yeh IDeology's Design Summit
It’s been a banner year for the Creative Economy, and now, more than ever, businesses want in. So what do you invest in first? How do you build your own innovation center? Where do you begin and what is your focus? The latest and hottest in UX/UI? Deeper, more insightful user research? Doubling down on five-star service design? Digging in on business innovation strategy? Or continuously improving technology?
This February 2015, Yeh IDeology celebrates 9 years in the industry with our 5th annual Design Summit.
Join us at Knoll Inc. Showroom for an informal, wide-ranging panel discussion with industry luminaries, as Angela Yeh recaps 2014 to share what we’ve learned and present our latest insights into what’s trending in the business of design, strategy, and innovation.
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