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It’s not a Ladder you’re climbing

It's not a Ladder you're climbing

The job market and career paths of today are changing quicker than ever before.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 4.2 years is the average length for permanent employees.

My parents had a total of 3 jobs throughout their entire working lives! That’s a huge change in just one generation!
Job tenure is dropping, and the career landscape is remodeling itself to adapt.

The ‘Gig Economy’ is in full bloom, and people are taking up short term temporary or contract work more than ever before.

Climbing the ‘Career Ladder’ used to be a linear, step by step process
- this is no longer the case.

Today’s career model is more of a ‘Lattice’ structure. 

You choose to advance your career in whichever direction you find most pleasing. 

This can be a side step, horizontal step, or even a step back to get into a better position. 
In fact, exploring and mixing up our routes along the journey can help you to avoid stagnating or getting trapped too far down one pathway or profession.

When you compare most people’s first “proper” jobs to their current jobs – there is very little correlation between the two.

What is driving this change?

The introduction of new technologies, increasingly competitive job packages including benefits beyond a simple salary, and an increasing emphasis on customer experience. 

Access to information is constant and it is endless whilst before it was in limited doses. 
Competing for visibility and to stand out is at an all-time high. 

We are bombarded with advertising day in and day out and when there are so many different offers out there in the marketplace, having a great user experience is the only thing that will keep a customer coming back. 

What is consistent in all industries however – is the drive for greater efficiencies that will create heightened productivity. 

Think about all the new roles out there which have all been created specifically for this function:

  • Process Improvement Manager
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Scientist
  • Change Management
  • Continuous Improvement Manager
  • Business Improvement Consultant
  • Automation and Robotics

When I was stacking bread in a warehouse as a Factory Worker,

I remember looking at my Supervisor in his office overseeing the operations, and noticing how much harder I was working than him, yet he was earning twice as much as me.

I was angry… and I remember thinking to myself how unfair this was.
But I was missing the point.

People aren’t paid for the tasks they do. They’re paid for the way they “think”.

As soon as you start thinking strategically about how processes and tasks can become more efficient and understand how this will affect the business as a whole – the highest heights of the ‘career lattice’ become a whole lot more accessible.

Why change jobs?

The jobs listed above, along with most roles today have only been created under five years ago! 

There are new jobs being created constantly!

To keep up – it is important that we learn to adapt and open our minds to new pathways, opportunities, roles and industries we haven’t previously considered.

How quickly we can adapt to change will determine how quickly we can add value to a business, and how quickly we can add value will determine how quickly we scale within it. 

Tenure and past experience have no particular influence on your potential.

How high up you decide to move within the lattice – is entirely up to you.


Until next time,


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