I had two unrelated conversations recently that each drew the same conclusion – more and more people are creating unconventional careers, rather than relying upon already existing structures and career paths. This is a very encouraging phenomenon.
In an economy in which it is not easy to find work, it seems that many Americans are choosing to become self-employed. This means that some have opted to follow their dreams who might not have done so otherwise. I do not intend to paint a rosy picture of the recession. This economy has been incredibly hard on many Americans – but perhaps at least some people have chosen to view it as an opportunity.
Whatever the reason, I see people creating careers of meaning all around me. They’re becoming wellness coaches, yoga therapy instructors, opening organic, locally-sourced catering businesses, or making a career from their creative pursuits.
I feel that, more and more, we are beginning to realize that the old model of working for a company – or an industry – for decades just for a paycheck is unfulfilling. Younger generations are looking for work that provides for them spiritually as well as financially, and they are doing the legwork to achieve just that.