Newsweek, February 6th 2023: Why are Gen Z Bein Blamed For Having Squiggly Careers?

Findings have revealed that Gen Z are rejecting conventional and linear pathways, abandoning traditional career ladders, to regularly dart between roles, industries, and locations. Newsweek spoke to Victoria McLean, founder and CEO of award-winning career consultancy City CV, to find out more…

Below is a short excerpt.

What is a squiggly career? 

“A squiggly career is a career that’s full of change and challenge, options and opportunities,” Tupper told Newsweek. “It’s effectively a career that is not linear in nature, and where people can develop in different directions. There is not a one-size-fits-all version of success,” she added.

“We’re trying to help people start with success for themselves, rather than try to force fit somebody else’s definition onto their development. That’s what “squiggly careers” are about. They are more reflective of the reality of work that’s full of change, and more reflective of our individuality at work because it’s as unique as you are,” Tupper continued.

Victoria McLean, founder and CEO of career coaching service City CV echoes Tupper’s sentiment – though with some skepticism. McLean told Newsweek: “A squiggly career has twists and turns, and depending on the sort of person you are, that can either seem like an exciting adventure or a confusing career approach that doesn’t seem to have an end goal”.

The article can be read in full here.

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