↪ Are We Moving Towards The 4.0 Career?
Douglas LaBier opines that young people are moving past the “3.0 career” —- in which one values work-life balance and is less willing to put up with an unfulfilling job —- and are gravitating towards the “4.0 career.” He believes the 4.0 careerist, unlike the 3.0 version, wants more than having a career that will support a successful personal life. They want to “have an impact on something larger than themselves.”
In essence, the 4.0 careerist is motivated by a sense of service to and connection with the larger human community through the product or service he or she contributes to. The vehicle for this is the opportunity for continuous new learning and creative growth, through which you use your talents and capacities for having a positive impact on human lives, through your work.
While I think the whole idea of selfless service to humanity is a noble one, I have my doubts that it doesn’t all come back to self-interest in the end. In a way, isn’t the 4.0 careerist just a subcategory within the former version? They want to serve their personal vision, and the 3.0 resistance to unfulfilling careers and commitment to quality of life surely hasn’t run its course.