The Ultimate Career Success WorkbookIntroduction
I saw an advertising slogan for a recruitment agency a few years ago that said, 'The job forlife is dead. Long live jobs for life.' I thought that it summed up very succinctly what manybusiness school professors, sociologists and other commentators in the world of work havebeen saying for a few years now. Gone are the days when you could expect your employerto look after you. Only a few decades ago, you could join an employer after leaving school oruniversity and wait for your employer to provide training for you, determine your career path,and give you occasional pay rises and promotions for the length of your career. Thepsychological contract between employer and employee implicitly assumed that employeeswould work hard and be loyal to their employer in return for the employer providing work forlife. But that is no longer the case.The world of work is changing. What with globalization and increasing pressure to perform,organizations have been engaging in downsizing, delayering, and even 'right-sizing'. As aresult no job can be guaranteed for life. The old hierarchies are getting stripped away in aneffort to reduce cost, and with fewer layers there can only be fewer opportunities forpromotion. And even though you may be able to find some sort of job for yourself, will it beas challenging and satisfying as it should be? The message is that if you do not take steps tolook after yourself, your employer is not going to do it for you.The psychological contract between employer and employee has changed, and this bookrecognizes that fact. The psychological contract for the 21st century assumes thatemployees will take the responsibility for managing their own careers. So individuals mustsearch the world of work for employers who will offer them the opportunity to pick up newskills and experiences that will make them employable for the future.Unfortunately, the world of work can be a perilous place without an employer looking out foryou. However, this is exactly the sort of work that - as business psychologists - mycolleagues and I do on a day-to-day basis. We work with all sorts of individuals and teams ofpeople as well in a variety of organizations in industries ranging from publishing toconstruction, and consumer goods to investment banking. But, recognizing that we cannotmeet all of our potential audience in person, this book sets out to help you look afteryourself: tackling the issues that we have most frequently come across in recent years.Not sure whether you are in the right job or not? Not sure whether you have spent too longworking for the one employer? Or maybe you are wondering how to beat off competitionfrom your peers and climb the career ladder? If any of these questions describe you, thenthis is the book for you. These are just some of the other career questions that this book setsout to help you answer:
How can I get the promotion I think I deserve?
Am I really happy doing what I am doing at the moment?
How can I juggle my personal goals and aspirations with my need to earn a living?
I find myself unemployed: how can I find a new and satisfying job?
How can I be happier and more successful in my current job?
How can I find a different employer who will value me (and pay me) more?
What can I do to improve my career prospects?
How can I have a career and not just a job?The good news is that most people have not realized that they need to take their careers intotheir own hands. Or, if they have realized, they are too lazy to do anything about it. So for