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How to Reimagine the Second Half of Your Career

Forever Employable: Brand Yourself

Forever Employable: Brand Yourself

As we climb up the corporate ladder, there are fewer options available, and a mid-life crisis of the corporate world comes. The reason is that the same skills that got a person hired as a young graduate are not sufficient for a senior job, in spite of the years of experience gained during the course of time.

The way out of this crisis is to be forever employable, a concept that involves continuous learning, sharing and re-purposing of one’s experience, expertise and skillsets to create a brand.

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How to Reimagine the Second Half of Your Career

How to Reimagine the Second Half of Your Career

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Forever Employable: Brand Yourself

As we climb up the corporate ladder, there are fewer options available, and a mid-life crisis of the corporate world comes. The reason is that the same skills that got a person hired as a young graduate are not sufficient for a senior job, in spite of the years of experience gained during the course of time.

The way out of this crisis is to be forever employable, a concept that involves continuous learning, sharing and re-purposing of one’s experience, expertise and skillsets to create a brand.

Reimagine the Second Half of Your Career

There are five core concepts to keep in mind as you think about the second half of your career:

  • The entrepreneurial mindset : Your life is not to be sold to a person who can give you a monthly paycheck (however large it is) but has to be moulded and perfected so that it becomes your business.
  • Self-confidence: It may seem like everything related to management, digital transformation, marketing and sales has been told already, and sharing your own experience would not be something new. What is to be understood is that your own experience has a unique value, which no one has or can steal from you.
  • Continuous learning: Staying curious and well informed will help you to shape your brand.
  • Continuous improvement: Being enthusiastically skeptical is a great strategy for a constant endeavour to improve oneself, and finding a better way to do one’s task.
  • Reinvention: Being forever employable means that you have to reinvent the core aspects of yourself.

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