My new year will involve starting a new job focus at work, along with 33 of my direct peers. This move comes to my Department of Energy career after only two and half years of study and interest in home energy efficiency. The new job will be cool working with vehicles and new energy efficiency technologies and fuel sources. However, I would have preferred a little more time in my last job to make more of a difference.
I read a recent article in Fast Company that highlighted the “four year career.” Believe it or not, that isn’t that surprising or short of a time anymore. If the average worker will now have 7 jobs in a lifetime, the math could work out.
Standing out in a crowd, a job, or an industry will become increasingly hard the less time you have to be great and make a difference. Success in the “four year career” will surely require more than just traditional and expected work for your pay. Innovation, creativity and planned risk-taking will now be required in order to not only rise to the top, but also to survive and prosper. So much to do. So little time.