Corporations engage in a game of talent poaching, which gives the professional worker a lot of latitude if they have the right skills to negotiate their pay, because they can ALWAYS find a company who needs them. Unfortunately this means that those who have the skills/experience get fought over, and those who don’t have it have to look for ways to improve their own appeal.
Sometimes you will see corporations invest in a less-than-ideal candidate to help them gain the necessary skills, but they always have to ask themselves if the person will one day just jump ship and work elsewhere, or hopefully stay and be a contributor.
I kinda imagine the whole situation like a game of poker. Every round all the big players put in chips (the amount of money invested in growing a person professionally), and at the end of the round, someone takes home the value of all of those personal investments. If you don’t have a lot of chips in hand, you only play rounds where you have a chance at gaining, right? You wouldn’t blindly jump into every round; you’ll just bleed to death doing so. Thus, for small businesses, it’s a really hard decision to want to hire someone and help them grow, because as much as we all want to help people grow professionally, some big fish will come along, take everything, and slap the little fish in the face.
To me, I can see why vocational and private for-profit schools are increasing in numbers; there is a need for people with skills, but companies are playing the poaching poker game where the few talented people gets most of the attention, and everyone else is left to their own to figure out how to improve themselves at their own expense.
Just an observation for now.
- Visionary - The annoying person in the group who always talks about dreams and ideas and asks everyone else when they gonna jump on the bandwagon (which is occupied only by him/her).
- Strategist - The realist who knows what’s going on in the world, can put together intricate plans for world domination, but doesn’t feel like doing anything about it because it’s too much of a bother.
- Administrator - The person who loves ticking checkboxes, scheduling meetings, writing agenda and minutes, and balancing budgets. Because numbers have names and feelings too, apparently.
- People-Person - The life of the party, counselor, and coach. Being everyone’s best friend, these folks are most likely invited to be a part of everyone’s groom/bridal party. In a few years, this will become their day job.
- Champion - The vanguard of ethics who does the right things and calls out the unethical behavior. The first person nominated to take care of public relations issues when shit hits the fan. Sometimes the last person to get invited to the afterparties.
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