Careers in the Age of Accelerations: A Well Crafted Roadmap or A Drunkard’s Walk?

The rules of the game have changed! Studies indicate that by the year 2030, half of jobs will be ones that do no exist today and half the jobs of today will no longer exist. The volatility, uncertainty, and ambiguity ushered in by this age of accelerations extends not just to our environment, politics, and communities, but our organizations as well. In response, organizations are undergoing a massive transformation in technology, structure, culture, and values - fundamentally changing not only what we work on, but how we work, and who we work with.
Where does this leave our careers? If answering the question ‘Where do you see yourself five years from now?’ leaves you stuck, uncertain, confused and/or anxious, you are not alone.
Join me for “Careers in the Agile of Accelerations”. During this workshop, we will look back at your career and look ahead at organizational and cultural trends, and understand the skills and capabilities for new and emerging roles. Build the awareness and confidence to take control and navigate a career aligned to the future of work and guided by your Ikigai (reason for being).
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Outline/Structure of the Workshop

Session Flow:
00:00 - 00:03 - POLL & DEBRIEF: How do you feel when you hear the question: “What do you see yourself five years from now?”
Confident, Confused, Uncertain, Stuck, Anxious
00:03 - 00:05 - Introduction to Speaker
00:05 - 00:08 - The metaphor for careers in the past: The Career Ladder
00:08 - 00:12 - My Reality - Metaphor of a drunkards walk.
00:12 - 00:17 - INDIVIDUAL ACTIVITY: Capture your Journey (Sheets of paper with a grid will provided)
00:17 - 00:27 - PAIR SHARE
00:27 - 00:30 - DEBRIEF
00:30 - 00:35 - Organizational and Cultural Trends Affecting the World of Work
00:35 - 00:40 - New and emerging roles
00:40 - 00:47 - ACTIVITY: Rotate and Build - Skills & Competencies needed for the new roles (4 min, 2 min, 1 min)
00:47 - 00:50 - READOUT
IKIGAI [25 min]:
00:50 - 00:60 - Introduce Ikigai
00:60 - 00:67 - ACTIVITY: Individual Capture:
What you love, what you are good at, what people are willing to pay for, what can you offer the world.
00:67 - 00:70 - POLL & : Rate your current job - how many of these does it fulfill? (0, 1, 2, 3, 4).
00:70 - 00:75 - PAIR SHARE
00:75 - 00:85 - Q&A [10 min]
00:85 - 00:90 - Conclusion and Call to Action [5 min]
I have presented variations of this workshop for:
Mile High Agile 2019
South Florida Women In Agile
It was well received and I was encouraged to continue to offer it as a conference session.

Learning Outcome

  • Recognize careers paths are less predictable that we may have believed.
  • Become aware of the organizational and cultural trends and the valuable skills and competencies for the new and emerging roles brought on by the Agile of Accelerations.
  • Develop the north star (your Ikigai) to navigate a fulfilling career with purposeful agility

Target Audience

Agile Team Members, Scrum Masters, Agile Leaders

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