You left home for professional reasons?
to learn more and challenge yourself
to prove yourself to yourself or to others (that don't matter, but thanks for the kick)
to make a change
to start all over
for a better opportunity/salary?
We know, it wasn't an easy choice to make. And that was just the first step that opened a pandora box...
Then the pandemics hit and in 2020 #futureofwork became the present and #remotework turned into #workfromhome.
Lost your job? No worries, we did too!
Freelancers vs corporates
"How could you travel so much and work while travelling?" -
everyone I ever talk to.
"I also want to be a digital nomad" says every corporate person that scrolls on Instagram and sighs from her desk.
While freelancers who roam the world sometimes hear themselves saying that it would be so much easier and safer to have one employer with a fixed salary every month.
There are different lifestyles and different life expectations that...guess what, also change in time mostly because we are somehow configured to be unhappy humans, always wanting what we don’t have.
There is a winning recipe based on the motto of only regret what you haven't done - in order to know it, you have to try it.
20 vs 30s
Did you waste your 20s in a corporate job? Or you feel now like you should have stuck with boring jobs, add years on your CV instead of experience?
In your 30s nothing feels completely right career wise, especially if you’re up for a change. But what can you do since you can't go back in time?
Did Corona help you become a future digital nomad?
The choices in your 20s:
I like my work or
I work to live?
Hiring expats or freelancers
What recruiters miss when not hiring an expat or a freelancer* besides gathering a pile of other biases … is the cultural background. And this* applies unfortunately to anyone not fitting a linear pattern.
A freelancer in a corporation? A corporate in a start-up?!
While diversity and inclusivity is paraded the way sustainability or the good old CSR once was under the spotlight, when hiring recruiters dismiss CVs and forget to ask:
Did the person have corporations around or were they the best choice to learn and develop? The fact that the person was volunteering, getting projects done in a row, changing bosses and adapting to new roles and countries might be way more valuable to any corporation.
All that is not inconsistency, is proven psychological theory on getting out of the comfort zone, on generalists, on multipotentialites, on high-achivers.
But guess what, the risk is too high to actually consider adding
diversity into the internal company culture.
#future of work
The Paradox of Choice
"The choice of when to be a chooser might be the most important choice we have to make."
The Middle Finger Project
"To inject meaning into our lives we must act and experiment and iterate. Creativity, and its close cousin, flexibility, are sources of security."
The Rocket Years
"If you persist, though, there’s a very good chance that you will nab your dream job.
The big question, then, is how do you figure out what your dream job is?"
Quitting, starting all over, changing companies. All of these change you. Don't forget to ask yourself some questions along the way, to get to know yourself better.
Get a coach, but be careful!
Everybody turns into a coach nowadays, find a good one, who didn't become one because everything else was taken.