Maintaining career relevance – Here are 6 tips to consider

In the article Help your business staying relevant in a disruptive environment, I offered some insights as to how organisations can continue to remain relevant in today’s volatile and hyper-connected world.

The fact that the democratisation of technology is fuelling fundamental changes at every level of society is well known.

All good a well for the organisation, what about you and your career in the organisation?

What can you do to keep your career prospects current?

For others whose careers are dependent on working within the enterprise, here are a few thought starters:

  1. Recognise that everything is global, interconnected. Connecting markets and providers has never been easier. Could this mean that the products and/or services provided by your organisation to your customers may be delivered by others from unexpected sources? What pressures are looming on your industry or company and how will these likely translate to your specific role?  The seemingly inevitable closure of automotive manufacturing in Australia is case in point.
  2. If you are trained in one of the classical professions – such as certain medical specialitieslaw, architecture, accounting or design engineering are you at risk of being ‘outsourced’ to a low cost provider who could deliver the same or similar service that is faster, at lower cost and with greater accuracy? What’s your countermeasure should this occur?
  3. Do you have significant experience and understanding of your organisation’s proprietary knowledge, business processes or intellectual property? Is this a ‘security blanket’ for you? Will it insulate you from adverse effects of change?
  4. Develop an ‘over the horizon’ radar.  What sources of valuable opinion and insights do you draw on in forming your own views of your industry and/or organisation?
  5. For those working in enterprise IT ,  picking up the perspectives my earlier article The shadow hanging over your IT career as well as my other insights may be of value.
  6. Find an appropriate, trusted business mentor who can help you avoid the organisational and career IEDs

If you own and run your own business, in which case your career is your business and your business is your career.

On the other hand, as an employee in an organisation, you may think that your career depends on your employer.  The reality, however, is that your career is your business (and responsibility), not your employers.

Taking this perspective will help you put the icing on the layer cake of your career