A career is something that takes a prominent place in anyone’s life. An average person might spend the greater part of his or her adult life pursuing a career. Some are fortunate to find exactly what they want to do early on in life while some others are on that constant journey. Somewhere in between these two extremes lay the three dimensions of what we call career flux. The word flux itself has several meanings. It could refer to flow or it could refer to the uncertainty that precedes a direction change or it could refer to being in a state of constant change.
One dimension of Career Flux is a feeling of uncertainty that surrounds your career. People who are going through this kind of flux are perturbed by some fundamental questions like:
- Am I in the right field?
- Is this what I want to be doing for the rest of my life?
- Why do I have to work?
- I hate my job. But if not for this, what else do I do?
- I can do this for the rest of my working life but will I regret later?
- What do I actually want to do in life?
Another dimension of Career Flux is the feeling of flow, smoothness and effortlessness. This typically happens to people who are in the right careers, right jobs, and right kind of organizations or areas of work.
Training is the third dimension of flux. It helps people transition from one kind of flux to another. Training is a way of developing an employee to reach a level of competence that helps him or her play the role effectively and enjoy performing well.
The next level at which training helps is in moving people to the next level. In my consulting experience, I have observed that people enjoy doing things that they are good at. Finally, holistic training also enhances self and outward awareness. This might well transition someone from uncertainty to certainty, from feeling muddled to having clarity about what they want and from feeling stuck to being motivated to take action in the right direction.
If you want to flourish in your career, then it is essential that you are equipped with basic skills, excelling at them and gathering the required inputs to look at yourself in a candid fashion.