The Professor Tony Watts Interview: “Organizations create careers, but also, careers create organizations”
If you’ve ever wondered how meaningful your career is to your employer, or how important your contribution is in transforming your organization, you’re in luck, because Professor Tony Watts has some powerful things to say about it.
“Organizations create careers, but also, careers create organizations. It’s the way people develop their talents, through movement, that actually creates dynamic organizations,” said Tony Watts, Visiting Professor of Career Development at the University of Derby, England. “Some organizations do absolutely understand that, not all do. Encouraging organizations to take the careers of their staff seriously is very important.” Tony Watts has lectured in over 60 countries, and written books, articles and commissioned studies, recently focusing on the use of internet technology to support career development. Mostly though, Tony is an impassioned advocate for widespread career wellbeing through government policy, educational institutions, and organizations. He was a guest on our radio show, Career Buzz, on June 10, 2011.
Isn’t it refreshing to consider that your career helps to create your organization? And if that’s the case as Tony Watts suggests, doesn’t it make sense to establish a healthy share of the responsibility for developing our careers for the future? Of course it’s still true that, as Professor Watts says, “Security lies in employability not employment” so we all should be staying sharp and employable, and experts suggest that we take 70% of the responsibility for our careers. What about the other 30%? That’s where organizations could be supporting employees through career conversations, mentoring, job shadowing, skill development and annual career check-ups with a career professional.
But do people want help developing their careers for the future?
You bet they do. And to illustrate the demand for career services in the UK, Professor Watts told about a career program supported by a marketing program. TV commercials and social media were used to spread the word on a career helpline and web-based services. “The results when we set up these call centres was that we received a million calls a year. So the demand is absolutely there.”
The whole episode of Career Buzz is worthwhile listening, including insights from Heather Turnbull, international president of the Association of Career Professionals International. Or tune in to the five minutes from 32:11 to hear Tony Watts talk about the themes in this post.
What’s your perspective on this? If you’re an employee, what support have you received from your employer to help you develop your career? If you’re a manager or organizational leader, what are your hopes and fears about providing career help to employees? Post a comment, get involved in the conversation!
When unemployed social media strategist Hagan Blount was looking for work, he walked around New York City wearing a sandwich board that said: Will tweet for food. Plus, he posted his provocative infographic resume online and launched a social media campaign. The results? Four job interviews, a contract with Coke, an offer to co-found a startup, and a couple of dates. Check out Hagan’s resume and email or tweet @careercycles and get you opinions on the air.
Helene Vukovich is Associate Dean in the Faculty of Business, Arts and Design at George Brown College. She leads the Centre for Business and the Centre for Arts and Design. Before joining the college in 2003 she held management roles in financial services at Fidelity Investments and Mackenzie Financial. She was a member of the Canadian Womens’ National Volleyball team for five years then played professionally in Italy for another five years. Tune in for Helene’s career journey!
Insight from June 10 Career Buzz:
“Organizations create careers, but also, careers create organizations. It’s the way people develop their talents, through movement, that actually creates dynamic organizations,” said Tony Watts, Visiting Professor of Career Development at the University of Derby, England. Hear the whole inspiring interview with Heather Turnbull also.
June 10, 2011
Professor Tony Watts joins us by phone from Cambridge, England, shedding light on how to develop our careers for the future. He is Visiting Professor of Career Development at the University of Derby, England, has lectured in over 60 countries, and written books, articles and commissioned studies, recently focusing on the use of internet technology to support career development. Mostly though, Tony is an impassioned advocate for widespread career well-being through government policy, educational institutions, organizations — Tony says, “organizations create careers, and then careers create organizations” — and anywhere else people can be reached. Tony will tell about the ONE MILLION callers to pilot of a career helpline in the UK and what that says about the need for providing career support in a world where career security comes not from an employer, but from employ-ability.
Heather Turnbull, International President of Association of Career Professionals International shares ideas to achieve better economies of scale for delivering value to buyers of career services and to career professionals themselves. Heather will give listeners the inside scoop on enormous changes within the career industry, how services will be delivered, how to ‘re-professionalize’ the field, the merits of pursuing international common standards of practice, and the perils facing the career industry if it doesn’t get its act together.
Plus, you’ll hear the surprising career stories of these two career leaders, and the plan-ful serendipity that led them to their own career well-being.
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Mark Franklin Receives Career Management Fellow Certification by International Board
June 8, 2011 – Toronto, ON
Mark Franklin of Toronto, by vote of an international board of Governors, has been named Career Management Fellow in recognition of his contributions to the field of Career Management including career counselling and transition coaching. Ed Witherell, CMF, Interim Chair of the Institute for Career Certification International (ICC) made the announcement today.
“I am deeply honored to be certified as a fellow by ICC International. I have strived my entire career to uphold the highest quality standards and ethics in my business. I have carried this commitment of quality into my current work with individuals, organizations and trainees” said Mark Franklin, practice leader of CareerCycles Inc, a company dedicated to helping people make great career and life choices.
Mark Franklin serves on the working group for the revitalization of the Canadian Standards & Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners. Mark is also producer and host of Career Buzz, a weekly broadcast radio show highlighting the extraordinary career stories of ordinary people.
ICC International is the only not-for-profit and independent certifying body for professionals in the career management field created in 1994 by the Professional Associations for Career Management Practitioners and Firms to ensure that such services were being delivered competently, ethically and to defined and verifiable standards.
ICC International Certification is portfolio-based, documenting expertise and experience in the field. This portfolio of work is reviewed by a five-member committee that represents four countries. The work is then reviewed by the ICC International board. ICC International employs a thorough screening process to validate professionals in 30 areas of competency including career planning, assessment and leadership development.
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