How to Set Up Your Future - 6 Keys There was only a brief time in the 1950's and some of the 1960's when this myth -" Get a good education (or degree) and you will get a good job (of career)"- actually worked. Now as degrees are 'sold' by schools and 'bought' by students - they really only guarantee an interview, or maybe just a phone interview? It was said ten years ago that a person entering the workforce had to be prepared to change jobs at least 7 times in their working life. Nowadays you have to be prepared to change careers at least 3 times, and here's the trick - you have to be ready to move into careers that do not even exist yet. As noted teacher Ken Robinson says, we are teaching children for a future 20 years from now, when really no-one can predict what is valid 5 years from now So what's the plan? How can you secure a guaranteed future? You can't. You never could. As my Mum used to say - "You could be hit by a bus tomorrow" Actually now I think about it, she used to say - "be careful you don't get hit by a bus today" - even when I wasn't going out anywhere. You can never guarantee things that are outside your control - such as the future. But you can certainly give yourself all the advantages you need. Here's what you need 1) Prepare for change, be open to change, expect change. Don't hold onto things that have gone, jobs, training, and last year's successes. Be open minded, and open eyed and when your journey takes a turn - go with it, don't try to force it back onto an old path. 2) Learn to learn, and then always be in the process of learning new things. Most schools and Universities, train their students by teaching what has passed. Train for the future by searching out what's new, listen to new voices, and examine ideas outside of your culture or biases 3) Learn to ask questions, and then learn to collaborate. There is a small college on the West Coast that only has classes for 20 students where all the students in the class have to collaborate to explore and complete the course. Though this is a 'liberal arts' college, their graduates have gone into a wide variety of fields - Mathematical, Scientific, Engineering and Government Positions - fields that are desperately looking for people who can set up teams and collaborate with others to explore and complete tasks 4) Have your own goals for life that you set, which are not tied to a 'job' or 'profession'. Set goals that you believe in and can invest true emotion in. Set goals that allow options. If you say "I want to be an accountant" that limits your options. If you say "I want to do something I enjoy that allows me to live in Hawaii 6 months of the year" - you have many more options. 5) Work on creating your own Network. A Network that helps you, supports you and guides you. A Network that can perhaps become your own client or customer base for future projects. But most importantly, a network that as a whole, allows you to create a space for yourself in this noisy work. A Network that gives you attention, and allows you to give back in return 6) Never be frightened of change. Never be frightened of making mistakes. Be prepared to be wrong about everything. Always be in the process of achievement. Enjoy what you have now, not what you "would of, could of, should of 'had. Always be moving towards your goals.