After watching the video, Say goodbye to career planning: Tim Clark at TEDxPlainpalais, answer the following questions.
Link for video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJsuWB3LQ_o
1. Do you agree with Tim Clark's new view on career planning?
2. How could this video influence how we look at our own career planning path?
Explain 2-topics Clark discussed that are most relevant to personal career planning for someone in college or about to graduate.
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Clark aptly describes the world of career planning as a "muddle." Clark's view on career planning is one that reveals its inherent dissonance. The career plan is a static and limited notion of the professional good. A person develops the plan and it never changes. Yet, Clark's point is that like life, itself, careers change. They change and become reflective of the individual who embarks on them. Interests, passions, and identities all change. Hence, it makes little sense to embrace a career plan which, in the traditional sense, is something that is static when human life is organic and constantly in evolution and change.
Clark argues that individuals who adhere to a career plan denies their true voice. This makes them miserable for they embrace a vision that does not change while they and their lives are in constant transformation. From this, Clark suggests that there is a complacency in their careers. It involves saying at jobs that people might not like or staying too long at professions that truly wither their zeal and enthusiasm towards work.
It is the embrace of the career plan that needs to be reconfigured. Clark argues that this transformation happens when people recognize that their "career plan" must be in tune with how the individual embraces their passion and their zeal. Since these ideas change and become "reinvented," so should's one's career plan. "Hypothesizing" as to what this model looks like, acting upon it and reflecting upon it throughout professional lives are essential to the new vision of the career plan that Clark assesses. The ability to determine value and worth is something that he feels can only happen when this transformation happens.
Clark discusses many topics that have relevance to career planning for someone in college or about to graduate. The first of these points would be that the person an individual is at the start of their career plan is not going to be the same person throughout it. Individuals have to recognize that life changes and one's identity changes as a result of it. The ability for people to constantly strive for "value" requires that there is reflection and thought throughout one's professional sense of being. This transcends the plans that might be arbitrarily made early on in one's life under the insistence that these are the plans that will always remain even though we change. Hence, Clark's first point of relevance to career planning or someone in college or about to graduate is a relatively direct one: Embrace change. Being able to embrace the change that will happen to people as individuals and as people who work is critical in the formula for finding happiness.
The other topic that Clark illuminates which is vital to career planning or one who is early on in the game of work would be to recognize that the scientists got it right. In the laboratory experiment configuration, there is always the hypothesis. It is the "what if" and this element of the conjecture and conditional always guides the scientist. This is something that Clark feels should guide all people. Scientists are not afraid of mistakes, of making them. Clark encourages his audience to "create their own personal business model." This will involve failure at times, frustration at others, but it is one that is always teeming with life because it embraces the "what if" aspect in our identities. Clark believes that if individuals are able to accept the idea that there might always be promises and possibilities in trying and failing and reflecting as a result, a greater chance of happiness ensues.
I tend to agree with Clark's ideas. In the interests of full disclosure, I am not the parent of a college student and have not experienced the "joys" of paying for college tuition for my child. I suppose that if I have experienced this, I might not be so eager and passionate about the idea of "embracing failure." However, there is something meaningful in the idea that we want to create happier professionals. Nothing is gained with a person who is in a job that they find repugnant or something that they just dislike. Individuals should find some small notion of happiness in their work that allows them to be able to embrace it as their duty and as something that is their own. To be locked into conditions of helplessness and unhappiness because of one's career plan is sad. Clark's desire to avoid this is a compelling one. It is one that I feel I have embraced in my own life. However, in answering this part of the question, I think that Clark might suggest that all individuals reflect and think about their own "personal business model" for themselves in seeing if his ideas can and do impact our own condition of being in the professional world.
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