For some reason, I’m not really sure why, I am fascinated with spy stories both real and fiction. I’ve recently been reading stories written by spies, including; Moscow Rules (also movie Argo) about an artist recruited to be a document forger, The Unexpected Spy about a sorority girl secret agent, and How to Catch a Russian Spy about a double agent. Spy stories can teach us lessons about how careers can be transformed in unexpected ways. With the current employment disruption, helping people learn new ways to translate current skills into new careers will be the next challenge for Career/Life Coaches.
As a Career Counselor/Life Coach, I find these books fascinating. An artist wonders why the CIA would approach him with a career opportunity. It turns out the CIA needs artists for spy craft because of their ability to forge documents. Magicians teach agents slight-of-hand tricks for passing sensitive information. Recruiters visit Hollywood to hire make-up artists to create elaborate disguises for spies. Learning about jobs that can be transformed into spy craft opened my eyes to the many transferrable skills that can transform careers.
Throughout history, we have experienced crises that disrupted and changed our ways of working. From the invention of the automobile, the railroad, telephones in their different stages of evolution, to wars, the Industrial Revolution, the Information Revolution with integration of tech and Artificial Intelligence that we are currently experiencing while in the middle of a pandemic. Each one of these events created a major disruption in the way we work. When a pandemic is coupled with a major event as with the plagues and world wars and our current pandemic during the already accelerating advancing in technology that gives us conveniences during our stay-at-home work, but also changes the way we work.
It’s time to seriously evaluate our skills, values, and interests and determine what we most want and need to transfer or update our skills to new jobs or careers. My colleague, Gohar Srapyan, and I developed the Success Unlimited Virtual Job Club to do just that. In a time of crisis, we want to give you a place to share your skills, successes, and challenges. More important than a simple job search is knowing what you want and how to express yourself in the language of work.
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