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Career builders and the market

Career builders are, above all, market-aware people. The market has been defined in very many ways since the times of Adam Smith. After an age in which the market was often criticized from many different political and economic positions as being a particular system with its particular pros and cons, most social scientists have come to terms with human social reality and economic activity. Therefore the market has been reconsidered and the result is certainly very important to any career builder. The market is no longer seen as a particular system but as an inherent part of the human society’s natural network of relations. The market is an element in the relationship we all have with the people arounf us.

Markets exist from the very beginnings of human existence, and are even slightly present in the social organization of the most developed mammals other than man. As our most remote ancestors made use of their unique tool, Reason, to scape from animalhood and become human, the market evolved to become the helpful framework it is. The more complex a society was, the more it develop the market and the rights it involves (including property, exchange and enterprise). As social mobility developed, careers emerged as a product of the social need for specialization. If the market (that is, the complex network of services helping all the members of a community) needed a certain type of professionals, some ambitious career builders would orientate themselves towards that particular economic activity.

As societies grew even more complex, career builders took part in larger enterprises, be it as associates or employees (after all, an employee is just another kind of trader and associate). But many people working for others lost track of the fact that they wer still immersed in the market. A genuine career builder shouldn’t make such a mistake: he or she will see that the company is in fact a player in the market, and that his or her career is determined and affected by the market’s needs. Failing to understand is one of the most widespread mistakes of our time. The market is commanded by the people. The market’s invisible hand tells companies and professionals what to do, and they need to pay attention and follow the instructions.

A career builder needs to be able to determine if the company is following the market’s wishes, and to which extent. Sometimes a genuine career builder will jump out of a given company to better follow the market from a different platform. This will certainly be a sound decision as the left company will be in serious trouble sooner or later. Some other times a career builder will manage to convince his or her pairs or bosses that the company needs to make a u-turn to follow the market, and in this way he or she might be saving the company (and the careers of all those involved). And of course, a career builder will watch the market to know how it evolves, and thus will know when further career education is needed to cope with the market’s movements.

For many decades, some of the world’s failed economic systems made careers impossible or unreal: people where just assigned to this or that public enterprise, regardless of individual wishes. Those systems tried to tell the markets (that is, the millions of individual economically active people) what to do, and they even tried to abolish markets, which was of course impossible (markets survived even when clandestine and minimized). For millions, this was a cruel way to kill any expectations for career success. In the current Information Age, knowing the market’s feelings and trends is the key for companies to make profit, but it’s also the only way individuals can progress in their careers. The wise saying from ancient Greece, “know yourself” is nowadays only complete with “know your market”. After all, we’re part of a market and the market is a part of us and our careers.


Comprehensive career education glossary. Definitions of career education and career builder terms.

Adult basic education.    Adult general education    Adult secondary education.    Adult student.     Apprenticeship.    Aptitudes.   

Assessment.    Attributes.     Career.     Career branding.     Career Carnival.    Career change.    Career cluster.    Career coach.   

Career counseling.    Career exploration.    Career development.    Career fair.    Career guidance.    Career-Interest Inventory.    

Career mentoring.    Career objective.    Career paths.    Career planning.    Career program certificate.    Career resources.   

Career Trek.    Competencies (proficiencies).    Competency-based education.     Community Education.   

Continuing Workforce Education.    Co-operative career education    Cover letter.    Curriculum-Integrated program.   

CV. Curriculum Vitae.    Degree Vocational Education Program.    Demand occupation.    Distance education.    Doctorate.   

Dislocated worker.    Employability.    Entrepreneurial skills.    Formation.    Foundation skills.    Freelance career.    Head hunter.   

Home-based careers.    Human capital.    Human performance technology.    Human resources.    Immersion courses.    Internship.   

Job satisfaction.    Job shadowing.    Life coaching.    Lifelong learning.    Mentor.    Mentoring.    Moonlighting.    Motivation letter.   

Non-traditional careers.    Portfolio.    Postsecondary.    Prerequisite.    Real Game.    Resume.    Sabbatical year.   

School-to-career program.    Self-employment.    Self-instruction.    Skills.    Undergraduate.    Work-based learning.   

Work exploration.    Work readiness.    Work study.    Workforce development education.    Youth apprenticeship.

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