How to Make the Most of the Jobs Near Me?
The job climate these days is, at best, a stormy sea. I say this including the search for a stable job. Statistics show that the average person now in the 21st century will have occupied 10 jobs by the age of forty. If we think back to our grand-parents’ lives, we were most likely impressed, and perhaps slightly dismayed, with their 20 to 40-year careers. So, we can definitely say that things have changed since then…
Considering that the 21st century is so radically different from the 20th, let us agree on one thing before we go any further: we cannot, and should not, compare our approach to our careers (and successes) to the way our grandparents went about things. This is not to say that what they did was wrong as many of them enjoyed prosperous lives. It is just to acknowledge the different demands the two distinct centuries impose upon their occupants.
In that light, we can be said to be riding a different wave and must adapt to it the same way our forefathers adapted to theirs.
The question then comes in, and it is probably why you are here: how do we make the most of the opportunities and jobs near us in the 21st century? It is likely that most of us will try to wait for the job we desire, and a few of us will get it. But it is more likely that most of us will come across an opportunity in our daily walks and see potential in it and snatch it up. And by potential, I mean it offers a salary…
This article is not one of those “5 Steps to landing your dream job in the next 6 months” articles. I am not going to fight against the statistics and encourage you to create unrealistic expectations about what you “should” be doing to get the job you are hoping for. What we are going to try to achieve is an adaptable approach to life where we are better equipped to make the most of the opportunities that do come our way in the dozen or so jobs we may occupy before we retire.
Just joking…There are many things you can do, but I would like to suggest a great starting place: get to know yourself better. When you understand what makes you tick, you will know what ticks you off. Being well acquainted with your inner workings is a springboard that will sky-rocket you to a place where you can consciously adapt the way you think in order to optimize your ability to engage with environments that differ from each other and to cope effectively with those changes. In the Kobus Neethling Institute, we refer to these thought processes as thinking preferences. Everyone has a different array of preferred thinking preferences, and everyone can adapt how they think if they choose to do so.
Your thinking preferences may be skewed more to the left or right brain: indicating a preference for lateral, structured thinking; or fluid, divergent thinking, respectively. You may even have a preference for a combination of these characteristics.
Let us look at what is possibly one of the most common jobs available popping up on the job sites: sales. If you were hunting for a sales position, your list of “saved job adds” would be much longer than the engineers and the architects. Every business is selling something and so almost all of them will employ a salesperson or team. So, this could be a good place for you to apply yourself if you are looking for a career path that isn’t going away anytime soon.
Here, it is even more important to understand thinking preferences (yours and those of others) because how we think will affect how you sell and how your listener buys. Let’s extend the previous example where we split the brain in two. Your thoughts are not just left and right brain dependent: the front of your brain has different functions to the rear of your brain, and people have preferences wherein they prefer the processes in a few of these quadrants more than others. For example, the back right of the brain is more people-orientated, whereas the front right of the brain is a more imaginative space that enjoys reaching for new ideas and “futurizing”.
If you were to snatch up one of the many sales jobs going around, do you know what sort of sales-person you would be? Were your thinking preferences to reflect a desire for working with people, you may excel at having to interact with people on a daily basis. You may enjoy engaging with your potential clients and getting to know them. But were you to rest on your laurels and be chatty with every client who comes your way, thinking that sales-people must be conversational, you may end up frustrating those who want you to get straight to the point. They may even find the conversation to indicate that you do not know your product, thinking you are “beating around the bush”, and ultimately seeing the interaction as a waste of time.
This is just one example of learning to apply your thinking preferences to a potential job. While learning to apply yourself to any job is one thing, linking your chosen job to your thinking preferences is much more desirable. That is: how do you decide which sort of job you want to pursue in the first place? Knowing what your thinking preferences are will give you a very good idea where you would be best suited to apply yourself. If your thinking preferences match your job description, you are likely to enjoy your work more and be more committed to making a success of it.
The profiles on offer at the Kobus Neethling Institute go beyond just four quadrants: you can discover your 8-dimensional brain. With this knowledge in hand, it will be much easier to find the ideal career path for you, as well as becoming adaptable by knowing what needs to be adapted (the way you think) in the first place. Otherwise, it would be like telling the captain of a rudderless ship to take the boat to another island. Knowledge of the self is that rudder.
Let us wrap up by quoting an often-times misquoted saying:
“A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one.”
We usually only hear the first half of that saying for some reason… So is it really that bad to be adaptable and fluent in more than one language? Perhaps fluency in how we think is becoming a necessary skill in the 21st Century. A skill we will need to foster in order to be successful in the 10 jobs we are likely to hold by the age of 40.
In the next blog on this topic will give you insight into what to do in order to make a positive lasting impression once you have successfully landed a job.
In the meantime, please feel free to contact us if you want to find out how you can practice fluent transitioning between thinking preferences.