Tuesday, November 22, 2005
HOW MANY WORDS DOES IT TAKE TO DESCRIBE YOUR JOB? We did an exercise at the Future of Talent workshop asking people to say what they were doing 10 years ago, what they were doing now, and what they expected to do 2015. The result? One word jobs in 1995 (e.g., "journalist"). Job descriptions today require at least a sentence and often a paragraph (e.g., storytelling on giant murals using words and images for thought leaders in leadership and learning while doing future-oriented research on symbols, technology and human resilience) and a lot of people wanting to "simplify" in the next 10 years (e.g., "writing" or "painting"). Mostly it looks like most of us want to be wise enough to get back to one-word jobs.