April 19th, 2007
One of the many unique aspects of the time in which we live is that it is no longer unusual to have more than one career in a lifetime. Since the beginning of the Information Age 30 years ago it has been increasingly common for adults to have two or even three careers during their lifetimes. Historically this is absolutely understandable.
Three hundred years ago one usually did the same work that oneâ€™s parents did, and usually in the same place. One hundred years ago, in the middle of the Industrial Age when new careers or jobs were being constantly created, people started to do different work than their parents. While you might have entered a new field, you usually spent your entire work life in one profession or with one company, until that day when you turned 65, got the gold watch and retired. It must be noted that the life expectancy three hundred years ago was around 45-50 years and that one hundred years ago it was 55-60 in the U.S. Now that life expectancy is 75-80 years.
We are now living in the mature stage of the Information Age when everything is much faster, we are all living a lot longer, and we are working to an older age[It was not until 1986 that the mandatory retirement age of 65 was struck down in the U.S.]. The logical extension of these trends is that many people are having two or more careers. A lot of the changing of careers …