Here are the six strategies, evaluated….
I think there are only six – let me know if I missed one
People have different motivations – across the top – in fact we all want all of these, to varying degrees
– earn good money during our working years
– have plenty of spare time during our working years
– plenty of money during our retirement
– nice long retirement
– to enjoy our job
– to have a strategy that is certain, or likely, to give the above benefits
So I have evaluated my strategies against the various motivators to see which one is best – and as you can see they all have pros and cons…..
Which strategy path are YOU on?
Examples of the types of job that would be in each of the six categories:
Undemanding – outside is what matters
Working for an organisation: Admin, Local Government (though that also can contain vocations and career ladder of course), manual labour, gardener, software developer, machinist, welder, (I’m not saying it’s easy, just that you have the option to disengage and put your energy into priorities outside work), HR?, waiter/waitress, postman, lorry driver, taxi driver, delivery driver, car mechanic
Self employed: Builder, Trainer (like me), Graphic designer, Digital nomad, Online work, Video editing, coach, interim manager, gardener, accountant, financial adviser, lawyer/barrister, taxi/truck/deliveries, driving instructor, car mechanic, PA, interior design, graphic design
Corporate career ladder
Management, either within one company or by changing company frequently, managing large numbers of people, Architect, Sales Management, Engineering Management, Operations Management, HR, Lawyer
The City / trading leave before (or when) you burn out, senior management job with retirement option, well paid / save up money, Armed Forces?
Vocation – Rewarding job regardless of money
Working for an organisation: Engineer, doctor, nurse, teacher, charity, helping animals, working with animals, conservation, gardener (yes, it’s in three paces depending on what kind of gardener you are!), Architect, Fire/Ambulance service, software developer, Police, Armed Forces, music (production, session player, band), accountant, designer, interior design, graphic design
Build and sell off your company
A business in any sector, started on your own or with one or two colleagues, building the number of people you employ, aiming for a point where it can run without you. You might start out as an entrepreneur, inventor, lawyer, software specialist, sales person, designer etc – anything that can be grown.
For more information on this subject, check out my Life Skills Collection