Time is precious, and while the stereotype of needing to put your personal life on the back burner to have a fulfilling work life might not have gone away completely, there are signs that a healthier work/life balance is being encouraged in a lot of fields, which is something that you can take advantage of, if you feel so inclined. It might be that you want to choose your career solely based on how much control it gives you over your own time.
If that’s the case, it might be time to peruse your options to see if you think you have a future with any of them.
The option of freelance work might be what you first think of when you’re trying to think of how you can give yourself the best sense of control over your schedule, but deciding that you want to work freelance is only the first step of this process, as the next, and arguably bigger, step involves deciding on the specific kind of work that you want to do.
You might be interested in shipping work that can let you swarch for your own work, but it might also be that you prefer to make your home your office and try your hand at something like content writing instead, or perhaps you’re more interested in trades like carpentry or construction. Understanding your skillset can be incredibly beneficial for guiding your hand here.
The modern world has given way to new careers just by means of the internet becoming an integral platform to society that has given rise to different forms of entertainment. Content creation is one such line of work, and this, again, can take many different forms. Influencers might focus more on short-form content creation that looks to specifically engage their audiences and create a dialogue and relationship as a core part of the user experience. However, it could be that you’re more interested in making video content, perhaps releasing occasional high-effort, long-form content that your audiences help fund through platforms such as Patreon.
If this is something that interests you, it’s important to have a thorough understanding of the landscape that you’ll be entering, as knowing what there’s an audience for and how you can carve that out might be integral to your business model.
Being able to speak multiple languages is a highly valued skill in a wide range of locations, and you can use this to your advantage if this applies to you, as it means that you will not only be sought after in a myriad of professions, but it means you can also use your talent as a way to see different parts of the world.
If you’re fortunate enough to already speak multiple languages – great, you can start thinking about what kind of work you want to do, what’s available, and where to do it right away. However, if you don’t, but this option appeals to you, you’re in a position to start thinking about which second language you’d like to learn to maximise the potential of this career move.