As we navigate the new digital frontier, how do we evolve and adapt to stay relevant and valuable to current and future employers? Given how quickly the world has changed since the COVID pandemic, reflecting on one’s own professional development is more critical than ever, and intelligent self-diversification may be the answer.
Why diversify? We ask this question in our personal discussion with our financial advisors. We engage in strategic business planning with key company stakeholders. Why wouldn’t we ask that of ourselves in our own professional development?
To answer that question, we need to first understand what it means to undertake intelligent self-diversification. For example, to be an intelligent system is to master technologically advanced capabilities that perceive and react to the environment around them. To diversify in business is to stand out from the norm by offering something unique or different.
We tend to have our profession define who we are, but we want to build on top of that and add additional self-aspects or attributes that help recognize us beyond our current profession. Is your profession enough to differentiate yourself among all others with the same profession? What attributes will make you different and be noticed but still afford you your professional identify? Our current world is unpredictable and there’s always a potential for unforeseen change. How would we be prepared for that? Are we resilient?
In today’s digital world, the willingness to adapt will prevent elimination or extinction, such that the saying “adapt or face extinction” holds weight, and the need to apply intelligent self-diversification in your professional development is an intentional strategy to stay competitive and differentiate in the marketplace, but more importantly build resilience.
“Resilience is flexibility. Resilience is adapting to unexpected changes, stressors, or adversity. Resilience is strengthened by diversifying ourselves and can be learned.” (Dr. Chantal Reyna, 2023)
To achieve this, consider these key steps to help you succeed in intelligent self-diversification for forging your career path.
By applying intelligent self-diversification, we are embracing change and adversity while also redefining our professional growth and development paths. With these steps we diversify and lay the foundation for a new identity, a better version of our current self.
Reyna, C. (2023, March 29). Diversify Ourselves. Blog. https://blog.womensurgeons.org/family-life/diversify-ourselves/
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