One of the biggest takeaways I brought back from the AGMS was the concept that there are people who are ‘outside the universe’. These are usually people who choose to work long term on contracts; or employees who think it is solely their employer’s obligation to provide their development. They don’t engage with their own career; and miss the fact that the world moves on without them. They are still employed but each contract gets harder to find, their rate (both in real and perceived terms) reduces and their bewilderment increases. It’s sad to see these people grasping at diminishing opportunities; opportunities that diminish further as they try to do things the old way, relying on the approaches, skills and methods that used to work.

Thankfully, it takes just a few simple changes to come back from the ‘outside’. For a start, keep learning and keep current. Try to see things as they are, not as they should be (that’s a tough one). Be flexible. And don’t forget, it’s important to keep up.

If you are reading this you are someone who I think keeps up, someone who adds value, someone who invests in their own career. The best thing you can ever do is to invest in your own career. I can’t say it any plainer than that. I’ve been saying it for ages and now there is clear evidence that remuneration is closely aligned to how we keep our skills, attitudes and value current. If you need help working out your next step in maintaining currency please call me – we both want you contributing, providing value and earning as much as possible in the years ahead.