What is a Career

What is a Career?

A career includes all the roles you undertake throughout your life – education, training, paid and unpaid work, family, volunteer work, leisure activities and more.

“Career” was traditionally associated with paid employment and referred to a single occupation. In today’s world the term career is seen as a continuous process of learning and development. Activities that contribute to a career can include:

 

  • training
  • education
  • employment
  • work experience
  • community activities
  • enterprise activities
  • employment
  • different life roles
  • volunteer work
  • leisure activities
  • Constantly changing world of work

 

Rapid changes in information and communication technologies, increasing globalisation, and greater competition, are all contributing to a dramatic change in working life, which will have an impact on your career. The concept of a job for life is no longer a reality. Young people now are likely to experience five to eight major career changes in their lives in a variety of industry sectors. They will also be experiencing more fluid forms of working with increasing casual, contract and part-time work options.

Many people are also increasingly looking for work/life balance in their lives. They want to maintain the best balance between the hours they spend in paid work and the time devoted to other roles in their lives such as leisure and home and family life.

In this new climate, individuals need to be adaptable, dynamic, innovative, flexible, resilient, self-initiating and collaborative to accommodate and thrive in workplaces, or to create work for themselves.

People need to be proactive life/career managers actively engaged in learning throughout life. Life long learning is now the norm and will be an integral part of workplaces of the future. It is critical for people to manage their life, learning, and work if they are to successfully navigate their way around a dynamic and complex economic landscape.

Career Choices

Making the best career choices involves:

  • knowing yourself – what you like (your interests), what you are good at (your skills and abilities), what is important to you (values)
  • getting to understand the world of work – what’s out there
  • learning how to make informed decisions
  • finding out how to achieve objectives.