This article “It’s a 401(k) World” in the New York Times gives me some understanding about the confusion so many are feeling today about what’s needed to succeed in the new world of work. According to Thomas L. Friedman, “We now live in a 401 (k) world – a world of defined contributions, not defined benefits – where everyone needs to pass the bar exam and no one can escape the most emailed list.” Read More
The article goes on to talk about the importance of mentoring, networking and inspiring others to do what they love. Accessing the network of people who do what you want to do is more valuable in today’s emerging work world. If you’re just starting out in your career or looking to re-invent yourself, knowing the contribution you’ll make is the best advice of all. For those of us with all the experience and especially as self employed individuals, we have an opportunity to model how to be resourceful and collaborate with others. For more information on assessing your skills check out the Functional Transferable Skills Inventory and identify the skills you used in your latest contribution.