This month I had the pleasure of working with the team at Escape The City on their Alternative Careers Festival.
Considering my own non-traditional career path that I’ve found myself on since leaving university and from being immersed in the start-up and entrepreneurial sector, I’ve naturally become an advocate of endorsing a work-life that ignites personal fulfilment.
The festival was not like your traditional careers event - corporate roller banners and dodgy keyrings were absolutely not allowed! Instead, the event aimed to only entertain real and transparent conversations to spark curiosity and answer questions that are sometimes afraid to be asked.
The festival focused on bringing together innovative brands and individuals that are inquisitive about the changing world of work and boy was it popular! There were also a large proportion of delegates that were seeking the inspiration and tools so that they can carve out their own self-employed career.
Whilst being on hand to help coordinate the event, I was in luck when I managed to be in the keynote room whilst Will Gardner, the former CEO of Collectively (@willgardnr) took to the keynote stage.
Being self-employed myself, my inner-critic often kicks in that stumps my motivation and questions whether I should swap my freelance status to work in a steadier role, but I was completely inspired by Will's way of thinking and it gave me the shake I needed to stay true to bringing my ideal work-life scenario into a reality.
1. Keep your foot on the gas
When times get tough, it’s important to stay true to your mission and keep the end destination in sight.
Wherever you go and whatever you do, maximise your impact. If you find yourself drifting or feeling a sense of dissatisfaction in your current position, perhaps you’ve outstayed your role and it’s time to embark on a new challenge? If it’s not realistic to change roles, identify what you can do in your free time to open yourself up to a new experience.
2. Upskill 24/7
Be open to learning new discoveries about yourself and your surroundings. The digital internet age is moving incredibly quickly and there’s little time or space for complacency.
Continuously strive to become a better version of yourself by opening yourself up to new environments and meeting new people with contrasting views and ideas.
“This change we are in the middle of isn’t minor and it isn’t optional” Clay Shirky
3. Embrace the discomfort zone
It’s okay to feel uncomfortable and not quite know what the way forward is. Learning as you go will keep you on your toes and shall certainly make your journey an interesting one.
The world’s most successful entrepreneurs live in it. Learn to love it!
4. Talk, a lot
The solution to your career ambiguities is to talk to people – particularly those that are not necessarily within your inner circle. You’ll discover possibilities and opportunities that you didn’t even know existed. Every coffee conversation might trigger a potential (future) job or collaboration. Go on, what are you waiting for?
The choices you make today will be your biography tomorrow!