Fluxing back to the future

In Back to the Future, Doc Brown invents the flux capacitor to enable time travel.

Fluxing is still the way to stay ahead in a working world where the 9-to-5 is vanishing in favor of “portfolio careers” and personal mission statements. This shift coincides with creative types becoming their own personal brands.

Fast Company has dubbed this alteration in job topography the beginning of Generation Flux. I like it.

“You do not have to be a jack-of-all-trades to flourish in the age of flux, but you do need to be open-minded. “

I’m wouldn’t describe myself as impulsive, but I love a new opportunity. I can be a “skill hoarder,” as one young man puts it.

The gist is that the past used to involve one singular focus. That drive is still important today, but it must be augmented with an appreciation for new methods and a healthy ability to adapt.

As the old business maxim goes, “Fail quickly.” Doing so will be more critical in the years to come with the advent of what FastCo calls the four-year career.

I write poetry and short stories and make photographs. I sketch and doodle and create videos. Writing is my passion and my depth, but these other skills all influence my writing in positive ways. I am, what the article suggests, becoming a “T-shaped person” with strength in one area and breadth in a range of others.

These GenFlux ideas are potentially scary to HR execs and hiring managers. Resumés look a little… wayward.

The key, FastCo, says is to create a story around your experiences. After all, great employees — yes, freelancers are employees — ignore job descriptions and keep the day-t0-day interesting.

This is the future that even some newspaper CEOs are rallying around, people such as the Journal Register Company’s John Paton.

“Where are the industry efforts on understanding how professional journalists can come together with the people we used to call the Audience and who, armed with laptops and broadband access, are in the same business as us?”

In other words, Paton says…

“You can’t fix what you won’t admit is wrong.”

Time to fess up and find the nearest DeLorean.

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