A lot has been said about the future
of work, but no one seems to know for sure what it will be. The changes already evidently appear good
news for those of us looking for flexible work options.
The Structure of work has changed. While there
may still be many traditional jobs about, there is a significant shift towards
contract and temporary work and a move away from the traditional career ladder. Individuals are being
contracted to complete tasks or projects. Location is no longer a priority. The
office is mobile and the team can be spread globally or nationally. These changes remove some of the barriers and
can create opportunities for more flexibility career options.
Network. More than ever, who
you know is important. With the increase in non-permanent work your network
becomes critical in finding your next employment opportunity. Cultivate your network, both within your
work environment and outside of it. Seek
experts in your field and develop a relationship. Join professional associations and networking
events. And don’t forget the Mums and Dads at soccer – you never know who you
might be standing next too. Engage and
take an interest in those around you.
Look for opportunity – work may not be so available through the
traditional means. Be ready, have your CV and LinkedIn profile updated. Be opportunistic, be entrepreneurial –seek and
create opportunities that will increase your network and your chance of being
in the right place at the right time. Say
‘Yes’ to opportunities that may take you out of your comfort zone.
While the future of work is
uncertain, the changes suggest flexible work options will increase. This creates opportunity. Embrace the change in the working world.
Considered short term or temporary roles. Develop a strong network. Be good and generous to the people you know, help
them and let them help you. Be job ready,
find and create the opportunities that allow you to grow and develop your
Carol is a founding FlexCoach, providing solution
focused, practical hands on advice and coaching in job search strategies and
career transitions and returning to work.
To connect with Carol view her profile.