As more and more people are going to university and competition for jobs is heating up, for those who haven't been to university a high-paying job can seem as far away as the moon. There are many professions, however, that don't require a degree in order to succeed, just as having a degree does not guarantee well-paid success.
A conversation with a friend's husband a few months ago must have lodged itself in my subconscious somewhere. His work coach had him take a test to find out his core strengths. He realised the job he had didn't really match up, so changed it to a job that suited what he was good at and is loving life.
Or I guess, I am an oddity. I love change. I love new things. I love it change things up a bit just for the heck of it. This could be as simple as moving my office around or as major as moving to the countryside. There is something about the fresh perspectives that come with making a change that are very energising to me.
We all have our own way of doing things, our own internal rule book, if you like, and we don't take too kindly to other people or situations messing that up. Holding on to a set vision in the face of challenging circumstances is, in most cases, a sure path to disappointment, anger, resentment and a variety other negative emotions.
For many different reasons I was in a place in my life where I wasn't sure where I wanted to go next. I felt lost. Looking back, it's easy to see the steps that eventually led me to change direction, but I can still not say I completely understand it. Can you? Decide for yourself - here are the 9 analytical steps and the 1 intuitive one I took that weekend...
I've always been hankering for more. As a physiotherapist, it is half science and half art, and I do love both. But at school, I was always an artist first, and science took second place. My teenage hobby was making super-8 films. In a funny way, I still feel like an artist and somehow I want down the wrong path.
The traditional CV is a relic of the pre-electronic age, it seems to be going the way of big hair and platform shoes as it retreats into the ever lengthening shadows of the digital world. You can no longer afford to be a subject matter expert and nothing more. You are a business and your career is the product of how you position yourself across different platforms as well as the risks that you take. Your CV should reflect this in a way that is as unique as you are.
Fortunately, being an entrepreneur has now become much easier thanks to new technologies and the internet, which have reduced the risk of setting up in business significantly. Lack of job opportunities has also driven entrepreneurial change and so made starting up your own business a much more attractive alternative.