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					       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.

				
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