The Non-Linear Workforce

Excellent thoughts via Ben Casnocha regarding the realities of today’s jobs and careers. Indeed, much has changed and Ben does a great job of illustrating his point using a career “escalator.” Today, reaching the next level in one’s career means more than waiting in line and taking the escalator up:

 What’s replaced the career escalator? There’s no single metaphor that universally describes the 21st century career journey. For those who lack globally competitive skills (and yet who are simultaneously overqualified for low-skill labor), the current environment feels like slogging through a tar pit. For people with the relevant skills, the journey is like a vast ocean voyage: unpredictable waves, multiple routes to arrive at a destination, the need to keep investing in your vessel lest it capsize, the allies who form an armada around you to cross perilous straits.

I’ve shared similar thoughts about careers paths and Latino professionals. It’s all changed and the linear way of thinking – the traditional way thinking – has to change. Attraction, recruitment, and development of Latino talent will require organizations to develop strategies that will support and develop the future workforce.