My dad worked for one company for 33 years. Back in his era, it was not uncommon for a person to find a job and keep it until retirement.
One generation later, that being my generation (Gen X), the golden era of a 20-30-year career is over. A few outliers from my generation have managed to hold down a job for a decade or longer, but they are in the minority.
Since I started working at the age of fifteen, I have had over thirty-something jobs. I have never had a career. Yes, I am a proficient job-hopper. The same is true for many people in today’s workforce. Research suggests that workers can expect to change jobs or job locations at least a half-dozen times during their careers.
Today we live in a culture of perpetual job insecurity. Here are a few examples of companies that have eliminated both high and low-level jobs in 2020.
Storage technology developer Hitachi Vantara confirmed that it was laying off some of its 12,000 employees. The Walt Disney Company plans to eliminate 28,000 jobs. MGM Resorts International, 18,000. Ulta Beauty, 33,000. Boeing Co, 19,000. Raytheon, 8,000. Airbus, 15,000. American Airlines Group Inc., 19,000. Lufthansa, 20,000. More than 400,000 airline workers have been fired or furloughed.
The reality is, job insecurity is the new normal and is here to stay. Regardless of your position or how long you have been with a company, you are expendable, and it is only a matter of time before you led to the exit. This is not to say that you should simply abandon your career.
I propose that if you wish for a more fulfilling experience in life, you must create a success consciousness—an experience that is not tied to your job or career.
A success consciousness centers around self-love, self-care, self-improvement, positive thinking, harmonious relationships, and spiritual growth. We all wish for a better life, and it is entirely up to us to open up to the flow of gratitude, abundance, and happiness.
Have you ever experienced job loss? If so, how did you recover and move on in your career?
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