by Amy Franko
A woman will average 10.7 jobs in her lifetime, according to Fast Company.
I decided that the “.7” could be attributed to those of you out there doing the work of at least two people, or a job we’d rather forget!
Let’s say your career spans 30 years (and for many women, careers will be longer). That calculates, on average, a move to a new job every 2.8 years. My own career path reflects this. In 15 years, I’ve grown my career with six companies and have had seven unique job descriptions.
For many of us, our beliefs around how our careers will unfold were hatched by watching our parents work at the same place for their entire career, and perhaps in only a couple of jobs that entire time. To a large extent their careers were planned. And if they were designated as “management material” they were swooped up, placed on the “management track” and away they went.
Our experience is now entirely different. This notion of the “planned career” is as outdated as the phone I bought six months ago.
Today, when you walk in the door of a company there’s really no step-by-step formula or well-worn path to follow to your dream career or your leadership aspirations. You design your path; you own it and are responsible for creating opportunities.
Pattie Sellers, Editor-at-Large of Fortune Magazine, captures it perfectly: