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Build Your Own Career

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.

 

 

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Sarah Cooke

Sarah Cooke is a writer living in California. She is interested in organic food and green living. Sarah holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Naropa University, an M.A. in Humanities from NYU, and a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University. She has written for a number of publications, and she studied Pastry Arts at the Institute for Culinary Education. Her interests include running, yoga, baking, and poetry. Read more on her blog.

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6:13AM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

I need to do this

10:23PM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

Many successful people have simply followed their dreams no matter what others thought.Sometimes a passionate pursuit can become financially viable.And there is nothing wrong with working a particular job whilst also pursuing something else on the side, something one is really passionate about. I think thats called balance.

9:53AM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

Sounds great, though not everyone's passion can be converted into money, either.

9:39PM PDT on Aug 4, 2012

One needs some sort of skill and a vision to be able to do this - I haven't been able to figure out what I might do outside of my regular job, and wouldn't have any idea how to pursue it. So I keep my job and try to find meaning in it as I need to pay for the roof over my head; if failing to find meaning in my job, then I find it outside of work, and the job pays the bills. I am where I need to be, not necessarily where I want to be. The responibilities we have in life will lead us to the job we end up doing at any particular time in life.

7:21PM PDT on Aug 4, 2012

That's correct & thanks for the article.
In my view,the incentive for any career is the
true interest & happiness in it.

6:23PM PDT on Aug 4, 2012

If you don't find your work fulfilling then it is the wrong job for you. If you are not happy and enjoying your work , then find something that does. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this subject Sarah.

9:31AM PDT on Aug 4, 2012

IT'S ENCOURAGING, IN CRISIS PEOPLE COME IN OPEN WITH THE BEST IN THEMSELVES.

6:40AM PDT on Aug 4, 2012

I've been wondering about how people have survived this recession and this prolonged period of high unemployment. That is, I see every day that people are finding ways to make money doing whatever they can that others will pay for. My business was hard-hit by the crash in '08, but in our small town many suddenly unemployed construction workers found they could barter their skills for goods they needed, including at my store. Several years later, some of these "stop-gap" measures have evolved into new ways of being self-employed. The obsessive focus on the "jobs numbers" misses a broader view of some hopeful ways our unsustainable, hyper-consumerist economy is adjusting itself.

5:59AM PDT on Aug 4, 2012

Fear of the unknown...part of being human. Following our dreams with generosity to all is the key to serving God and humanity.

12:11PM PDT on Aug 3, 2012

just to note, the Ann Taylor idea is just one thing to consider, not the only thing to consider - its not the only thing i do to help my mind/life (i think active job hunting, daily meditation, selfless service, trying to be around positive (i.e conscious or aware) people, patience and persistance etc are all needed too. Maybe thats not enough, but i think its a start (my opinion right or wrong)

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