I heard this story somewhere. Once there was a fighter called machine. He specialized in boxing. Then one day he suddenly quit and took up karate. Again he quit karate and joined kick boxing. Or so people thought. He still practiced karate and boxing when learning kick boxing. Legend says he has been doing this up to this day. Ridiculous story but good for the subject here. You see, machine was fighter not a professional player. And he thought olden ways were no good. Where you take up one art and master it for life, even if it doesn’t suit you. So he set out to gain
knowledge on all the martial arts out there. To become machine. This similar thing has happened in careers in the past few decades. Our father’s generation believed in doing one job. They took up one job at a organisation and did it for their life. Even if they had to change the job they would stick to the same duty again at new firm. The so called linear careers. But then technology progressed rapidly like it had steroids kicked in and so did the population. And thus scenario of linear careers changed. Now a days in this competitive world people are doing more than one job in their lifetime. There are engineers who have become writers and writers who have become coders. People were not satisfied with just one job and one skill routine. They wanted more. This thirst for knowledge gave way to the concept of boundaryless careers. In simple terms boundaryless careers are like this. You take one job and do it. Meanwhile acquire new skills. Then quit that job and get a new one. Just like the machine. In time your knowledge will span across many areas and you will be able to do many jobs. These careers also have a trial and error system but eventually you find your pace and then you’re an all rounder of corporate world. Hence, boundaryless careers mean “Jack of all trades.”
Boundaryless career system is for people instead of organisations. People do jobs because they want to not because they have to. You can say while there exist an employer-employee relationship the you are self employed as well. Instead of giving power to organisations and hierarchies, you have it in your own hands. And organisations are now accepting this as well. They now often hire freelancers and outsource their work. This change was inevitable and we’ve gotta keep up with this change. If you think you can do one job for life then you are not mistaken. But having more skills is better when you don’t know which industry will next arise and which will fall. So take it all into consideration when finding your paths.