TIME HAS CHANGED ON THE LABOUR MARKET
One used to find a job in a company and used to be an employee for his whole professional life. Nowadays, lifetime employment is nearly dead, and thereby the traditional career. And slowly the concept of employment has moved to “employability”. According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), employability is “one’s ability to find and keep a job, to develop oneself on the workplace and adapt oneself throughout the change of the professional life”. This word is quite new and you will find it only in recent dictionaries. Its usage appeared in the 1980’s. Economic crisis led to permanent changes on the workplace and this new concept has emerged.
Beyond the definition, what does mean that word? Employability depends on one’s knowledge, know-how and behaviours and on one’s ability to develop them and manage career. There is a permanent fit to maintain between companies’ needs and employees’ skills. Changes in the economic climate require a dynamic co-adaptation of the company and the employee.
Therefore, if you are thinking about your career or looking for a job, it is important to think globally: what are my skills, personal traits and abilities to adapt myself while the labor market is evolving? What are the needs and requirements of the companies within their labor market and abroad?