We started a conversation July 2011 We started a conversation about growth, and Australians responded across a range of topics. We asked what you wanted for the future, what plans you had and what your hopes were. One of the topics important to a lot of people who joined the conversation was something that impacted our everyday lives: Career
What is it about careers? July 2011 It was about “my career and the bigger picture” Australians became more aware of the big picture and how it impacted them. Individuals, organisations and communities actively looked to the future and are seeking to redefine their role within it.
Empowering the individual to be more successful July 2011
Australians want to be more in charge of their career, and be successful in their career.
To be in higher, decision making roles
Autonomy: essentially being their own boss
To grow their current skills to open more doors
What were people saying about career success? July 2011
I want to grow a business of my own this year. I’ve just planted the seeds by leaving full time permanent work. Now to start nurturing the idea into a reality. Lots of water. Lots of nutrients. Lots of attentions. By: Anonymous // Date: 09/01/2011
I’d like to grow my photography business in terms of clients, revenues and reputation. By: Ina // Date: 02/11/2010
I would like to develop knowledge and skills planning a career outside the health system, in the community for people with dementia and earn a living doing it! By: Julie // Date: 09/10/2010
What were people saying about career success? July 2011 Grow my entrepreneurial abilities and instinct so that I can grow my business and my life, so as to become absolutely amazing! By: Abbie // Date: 27/10/2010 To have my own business, a café and to be very successful. By: Leo // Date: 06/10/2010 I would like to grow my business by making a sustainable difference to the lives of all my stakeholders. I would like to grow the capacity of people to subjugate self interest in favour of the greater good. By: Neil Slonim // Date: 23/09/2010 Growth means growing my business, getting bigger, having more confidence and security. Even happiness and holidays! By: Looks // Date: 29/09/2010
Talent was discussed from both an organisation and an individuals point of view:
Organisations want to retain the talented people who work for them.
Individuals want to increase their own opportunities to be recognised.
Another topic of conversation was around ‘Talent’.
What did we hear around growing talent? July 2011 What can private businesses do to attract and retain talented people? By: PwC // Date: 28/10/2010 Organisations need to reinforce the importance of finding a work life balance. Working overtime shouldbe the exception rather than the norm. After all, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy! By: Mark // Date: 29/10/2010 Isn’t it funny how these talent conversations only come up at certain times – post GFC when there are more jobs around and during performance times so managers can tell their managers they are looking after the ‘talent’. By: Mandy // Date: 17/11/2010
What did we hear around growing talent? July 2011 Support staff’s other life goals to help achieve work life balance – sponsor and subsidise the time they wish to spend with charities or other good will associations so that the invididual as well as the company can give back to the community. We all benefit, and we all feel better. By: Helen Michael // Date: 04/11/2010 It is the intrinsic rewards that will truly motivate and retain employees interest. Emotional engagement through social networks (like Facebook but for the enterprise) can facilitate this. This can motivate through recognition, passion, or community drivers. These are very powerful. By: Nicholas Jones // Date: 15/11/2010
What did we hear around growing talent? July 2011 Good wages, good work conditions and chances to make a career inside the company. By: Cote // Date: 14/11/2010 Treat me like a person rather than just another cog in the machine By: Tia // Date: 01/11/2010 Organisations need to take an honest look at the organisation from an employee’s perspective and then run a gap analysis against the current employment promise. Question the status quo, ie is longer employee tenure what the business really needs to succeed or would new blood serve better? By: Richard // Date: 15/11/2010
What did we hear around growing talent? July 2011 Business needs to provide clear career paths for the workforce. By offering on the job learning – but also access to external education opportunities. By: Kaz // Date: 01/11/2010 I’d like the awareness by employers to grow so that flexibility and work like balance isn’t just for those employees with kids. By: Sarah // Date: 08/11/2010 Improve recruitment processes. Australia tends to be myopic in that only people with direct experience are considered for roles & people with strong transferrable skills are rejected. We need to be less risk averse! By: Veena Vather // Date: 09/11/2010
What did we learn? July 2011 People simply wanted to be happy with what they do. And all of us wanted career progression and financial rewards. What else was discussed when people focused on their career?
What did we learn? July 2011 The topic was and continues to be a major focus for us as a nation. What’s interesting was the different aspects of our careers are what we felt was most important. We saw strong focus, even post the GFC, of what people want from an employer, and what they won’t consider anymore. We learnt from these career conversations that: