GIBS Career Expo 2015
Find Your Flow – Create Your Future
Congratulations on taking action!
Following up, being curious and taking action are vital qualities for creating a vibrant and successful career – and by being here on this page you are showing that you have all three.
This page supports you in three ways:
At the GIBS Career Expo 2015 we created a special offering for you to have a Talent Dynamics for Young People Profile and Consultation. You can take advantage of this opportunity here.
2. Review Key Career Learnings
Careers for your generation will be very different from earlier generations. We review the key points that we shared with you at the expo.
3. Give you useful resources
We share the videos we used on the day, and a host of other interesting resources.
Why the information here is so vital for your career!At the Expo you met Linden, the CEO of Talent Dynamics Africa. TDA works with the Talent Dynamics system in the corporate space. Here is his message on why TDYP is vital for you now, as you start your career.
Please remember the GIBS Expo 2015 Offer Expires on the 13 May. Take the test now.
For more information on the TDYP Test and Debrief, keep reading….
Your Future Career - radically different than anything that has come before.
Careers in the Age of the App
In the past people had ‘career paths’, or climbed the ‘career ladder’. Not any more. A better way to describe modern career development is through the analogy of Apps. You will load multiple ‘career apps’ onto your career tablet, moving work, industry, skills and focus on an ongoing basis as technology, your purpose, and values change.
Already young people under the age of 35 have changed the way careers evolve. On average people have had 7 different jobs by the age of 35, and changed industry 3 times. Promotion and advancement happens quicker through moving to a new company than by waiting to move up within the same company. What you know or have been taught before becomes less relevant, while your ability to learn new things is vital. Instead of working with one group or team, you will likely have multiple project teams spread around the world that you work with on a project by project basis. Your Career will be dynamic.
How to Navigate your Career
Firstly, breathe – and let go of some of your stress and worry about your career. More than any generation before you your career and future life has flexibility. The evolving career landscape allows for change. What you choose to pursue and explore for the next few years does not trap you into a lifelong career limited to only that industry or path. Be curious.
What are companies looking for?
Some things don’t change. Companies are looking for people who can help them achieve their purpose, and contribute to success.
What has changed, and is still changing in corporate culture at a very rapid rate, is an awareness about what makes people great to have on your team. It is no longer only about what you know, your degree, or your skill base. Companies want their people to be engaged, driven by a clear purpose, having fun, loving what they are doing, able to add real value through competence, and who fit into their organisational culture. They want this because these people are more productive and successful, not just because it is nice to have.
So what now? Your career development…
Your career development is an ongoing process. It includes decisions about what (if?)to study, where to study, and how to get experience?
And just importantly it involves starting the life long journey of being able to answer these questions (because more and more companies are expecting you to have these answers):
- How open are you to learning, and how best do you learn? (because what you know may well be worthless in a year or two…)
- What is important to you about your work, beyond making money? What difference do you want for yourself and others? (And does it match our companies purpose…)
- What values are important to you, and how does your behaviour reflect these values? (And does it fit in with how we want our people to behave?)
- What roles and activities make you want to get out of bed in the morning? What are you good at that you also love doing? (Because just being good at it is not enough anymore.)
Key to a Great Career - Find Your Flow Path
In a career landscape with so much change, there is one thing that stays constant and that successful careers are built on – Your Path to Flow.
What is a Path to Flow?
Your path to flow is the roles and activities that you are naturally good at, and love doing. It is the things that make you jump out of bed in the morning. That which at the end of the day leaves you feeling energized and excited. It is those things where you add the most value to yourself and your team. Following their Flow Profile is the one strategy that all successful and fulfilled people have used to create their careers.
Your Flow Profile remains the same, no matter what industry or work you do!
This is not about whether you are a doctor or accountant. This is about what roles and activities you do as a doctor or accountant. Are you the doctor that loves being in front of groups, sharing your passion for health (Star Profile). Or the doctor that loves innovating and creating new procedures or approaches to wellness (Creator Profile). Perhaps the doctor that thrives in working in a lab with detailed data and research (Accumulator Profile). Or the doctor in an emergency ward, responding well to the pressure and thriving on being able to manage the chaos (Trader Profile). Those roles and activities will remain your natural flow space, even if you move to a different industry.
What CEO's around the world are saying about their Flow Profiles!
Talent Dynamics is a global tool, used in the corporate world by consultants, leaders and coaches to help leaders and teams make decisions. The one most consistent message the global team of Talent Dynamics consultants hears around the world is:
“I wish I knew this when I was 18!”
This is what led to the adaption of the corporate tool, and the creation of Talent Dynamics for Young People. The TDYP tool is now used globally to support young people to find their flow early in life, building their confidence.
How the TDYP Test and Consultation Process Works
Step 1: Take the Test
The TDYP Profile assessment is a globally managed online assessment test. After registering with us, you will be provided with a link to the test site. Completing the assessment will take 10 to 15 minutes. Immediately after you have finished, the preliminary assessment report will be ready for you to download.
Step 2: The TDYP Consultation
Once you have completed the online assessment, you will be able to choose one of our internationally accredited Flow Consultants, and schedule an appointment for your personal consultation. During the consultation we will explore your path to Flow and apply it to your life and future career choices. No individual is the same, and while the assessment suggests one of 8 broad paths to Flow for you, the consultation with our Flow Consultant is vital to find your own unique application.
Get started by clicking the links below…
How important are exam results in the new age of careers?
We believe they are still important – not because they show what you have learnt, but because they show you can learn. But….. We all learn differently, and exams only test one way of learning. Companies are already moving away from using exam results – school or university – as a measure of your potential productivity. This is a great thought provoking video. What do you think?