His response: “In the past, a career traditionally followed a prescribed path from manager to director to VP to senior VP, and so on. That path is much less common today. A career now involves a series of increasingly important developmental exercises. Hopefully, these exercises follow a theme, but many people avail themselves of opportunities unrelated to their core job responsibilities, making them that much more effective and successful when they return to that domain.”
While much of the article is geared towards how CMO’s can prepare themselves for next-generation career advancement, all of his advice is incredibly valuable and applicable for anyone in any field or industry.
At lot has changed in terms of the ‘career’ since previous generations. The staircase model of career progression with a promotion every couple of years went out last decade, if not last millennium. While there used to be a more defined steady climb up to the top, career paths of today are far less straightforward. ‘Experiences’ are playing an important part in replacing these traditional vertical trajectories.