or many, the old paradigm of long-term employment with
one or just a few companies has evolved into a new norm
of career paths made up of many jobs and often, freelance
consulting work. Today’s workers are re-evaluating their
skill sets and technical abilities and seeking out ways to upgrade
their expertise. For many, this process of up-skilling is now a near-
constant pursuit and often on a do-it-yourself (DIY) basis.
Research conducted by Kelly Services, a global staffing firm, shows
us that highly desirable professional and technical workers are at
the leading edge of the DIY Career Development paradigm.
They are no longer waiting or relying on employers
to design, lead or even invest resources into their
training and skill-building. DIY is not just a home-
improvement acronym anymore. Now it applies
firmly to career advancement as well as
personal and employer branding.
The age of “do it yourself” career advancement
BY GENINE WILSON
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