What IKEA can teach you about designing your career

Ingvar Kamprad, the Swedish entrepreneur, is well-known around the globe for founding IKEA, the world’s largest furniture retailer since 2008. Kamprad had dyslexia, a learning disorder that affects one’s ability to read, spell, write, and speak. What distinguishes IKEA from other retailers is a result of Kamprad’s dyslexia. His disorder caused him to struggle with numbers, so using pictures and letters made more sense. He replaced numeric codes with European names, places, and islands that make it easier to identify each furniture piece.

It IS possible to find meaningful work, even later in life. It’s just a matter of how bad you want it, how much work you’re willing to put in, and how persistent you’re going to be to reach your goal. Taking a lesson from the IKEA concept, choose among the different career options available to you and focus on the skills you want to use. Assemble your abilities to solve the prospective employer’s problem. IKEA’s main advertising medium is its catalog. Your career catalog should contain your well-designed, achievement-driven, and functional resume, targeted cover letter, and findable LinkedIn profile.

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