With the ongoing controversy raging in GAA circles regarding the blanket defence system, with teams putting 15 men behind the ball in order to thwart opposition advances, do you have the same defensive attitude when it comes to opportunities regarding your career?
In recent years, with Ireland experiencing the deepest recession in its history, the prevailing wisdom was to defend what you have at all costs and to be risk averse in regards any opportunities that may arise. This “parking the bus” attitude was a natural consequence of the perceived lack of opportunity during the recession years.
However the economic and general jobs market has improved dramatically in recent months, with unemployment set to fall below 10% in 2015 and the economy set to grow by 3.9% this year as well. The “park the bus” attitude still prevails for many people, which is a natural consequence of six years of recession during which time 10% of Ireland’s youth emigrated.
I believe the time is now right to start considering new opportunities especially when one considers that 87% of employers intend to hire in 2015(Source; Abrivia Salary Survey).
In a similar vein to how Dublin overcame Derry’s ultra-defensive system, fortune favours the brave when it comes to capitalising on opportunities the Irish jobs market. That still involves being prudent and not going for every opportunity, regardless of whether or not it will progress your career but to carefully evaluate and leave your mind open to any opportunities that may arise.
Some will say the ultra-defence system worked for Donegal but in reality Donegal developed a sophisticated counter attack movement, where they attached in waves at high speed, leaving many an opposition left scratching their heads in their wake.
Joe Brolly was scathing in his criticism of what he termed “muck football” in reaction to his home county’s negative approach to the Dublin challenge and its negativity towards the match in general. In defence, Derry will contest that they minimised what was ultimately going to be a heavy loss to one of the strongest teams in the country. However, the ultra-defensive negative game plan is very unattractive to the neutral observer who would have traditionally shouted for the underdog.
If you consider yourself an underdog in the employment market and are ultra-defensive in your approach, you will ultimately become less attractive to potential employers as in all probability, they took many risks along the way to be in a position to be able to employ you. The key is to adopt an air a positivity and keep an open mind to opportunities which in the long run will greatly enhance your career.