A sustainable career

Every new semester represents a new beginning. No matter what happened in the past, this is a new opportunity to make more informed choices for your academic and career journey.

The Career Services Office can assist you in your discovery and decision-making process.  As a new semester begins, make it a priority to visit Career Services to learn more about the resources that our office provides. We can help you learn more about sustainable careers, career readiness, and career development.

Understanding the concept of a "sustainable career" is crucial to the Career Development process. Who hasn't heard the advice "Go to college to get a good job"? In general, this is good advice as the U.S. Department of Labor research indicates that obtaining a bachelor's degree increases a person's earning power by as much as 66% over 40-year work life.

What these statistics don't tell you, however, is what a "good job" means. In previous centuries "good" was often synonymous with "secure." People all over the country came to Detroit to work in automotive manufacturing assembly lines that provided stable, competitive wages to loyal employees. The nature of work has changed dramatically since then. Today, that traditional 9-5, 40-hour work-life is disappearing and temporary, "gig" work is becoming the norm. The average life expectancy of a business or organization is around 10 years and as of September 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the average employee tenure as 4.2 years.

In other words, job security no longer comes from the job. Instead, success in today's economy comes from not only knowing your skills and abilities but also knowing how to market them to employment opportunities.  This may mean quite possibly redefining what success means to have a sustainable career. The dictionary defines sustainability as "the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level". Understanding that we all want the same career:  to get paid to do something enjoyable/interesting that matters/makes a difference, engaging in career planning the process for which you can find multiple ways to do this.

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