Dreaming Bigger: Looking Beyond the Usual Office Job

One of the best things about living in the modern world is that we all have more options than ever before. However we want to live, we can do it, or, at least, there are resources that’ll help us achieve our desired lifestyle. As funny as it might be to think about, this has never really happened before! In the olden days, you’d have to do whatever was put before you. While most people are nudged towards the traditional office job, there are some who want to do anything other than spend their lives in a cubicle, tapping away at a computer keyboard. But what are some of the alternative paths you can take? We take a look at some other options available below.

Get Traveling

The world is a big, diverse place. But still, it’s never been as small as it is now. It has never been easier to pack a bag, set sail for a new country, and try your hand at carving out a life. There are programs that allow citizens of certain countries to get a short-term working visa for countries over the globe. You might not end up living in, say, Australia, forever, but who knows what’ll happen during the year or two that you’re living and working there? You might just stumble upon the thing that you want to do with the rest of your life.

Finding Your Way

One of the reasons why people end up in office jobs that they don’t like is because they didn’t fully think about what they were getting into before they took the job. After people leave college, they’re usually so concerned with getting a job (those student loans won’t pay themselves) that they end up taking the first thing that comes along. They’re not even sure if they’re suited to the industry. A better approach is to sample a few of the ideas you have for your career before committing. An internship can be as short as a few weeks — try a few in different industries, and by the end, you should have an idea of which one is best for you.

Doing Your Own Thing

If you’ve got plenty of ideas and a burning ambition to succeed, then why not look at setting up your own business? There’ll be some people who tell you that it’s best to work in a traditional company before launching your own, but there have been plenty of people who had success without doing this. And don’t let your age be a barrier, either. If your ideas are strong enough, you have the funding, and you can surround yourself with people who can fill in the gaps in your knowledge, then there’s every chance of building a successful company. Your working day will be so diverse that you’ll never end up with the feeling that you’re living the same old office day on loop.

Thinking Big Ideas

Part of why so many people dislike the office, cubicle life is because it just seems so, well, tame. Humans have all the capacity in the world, and if you’re one of those people who holds grand ideas about life in their hand, then, of course, it’s going to be unsatisfactory. Instead, why not live a life where you’re immersed in those ideas? After you’ve finished your Bachelor’s degree, look at studying for a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies at Rutgers. Once completed, you’ll find that you have plenty of different career options available to you, including becoming an educator in the higher education field.

Your Hobby

People tend to separate their hobbies from their work, but why? If you know what you love to do, then why not look at making your hobby the thing that pays your bills. It can take years to get the experience needed to progress in a new field. When it comes to your hobby, you’ve already got years under your belt — you know it inside out. The thing that holds most people back is self-doubt. They don’t think they can realistically make a career — or even charge money — from the thing that they like to do. Once that mental hurdle has been overcome, they’ll find that, in actual fact, they can.

Into the Outdoors

Part of why so many people dislike the idea of working in an office is because it just seems to go against their human nature. They can’t fully explain it, they just know that it seems abnormal. And here’s the thing: they’re right! Humans were not designed to be in front of a pixelated screen their entire life. They should be in the great outdoors. While it’s not as common as in days gone by, there are still plenty of options for people who want to work with their hands, in the great outdoors. It’s not always easy work, of course, but there is a general feeling that it’s good for you.

Talking With People

For some people, the problem is that they don’t know what they want to do. They just know that they don’t want to work in an office. For that issue, communication will be your savior. Talk with people, and you’ll find that new possibilities pop up on the horizon. There are many more jobs available than most people realize. The most common jobs are the ones that get most of the attention, sure, but that’s normal. It’s like Hollywood movies — that’s where the attention is, but there are some pretty awesome independent movies out there, too.

Stay True

If you’re convinced that you don’t want to end up working in an office, then there’s one thing that you’ll need to have in your locker: bravery! Trying to find your own path can be challenging, it’s for sure not the easiest option. If things don’t go as you planned straight away, you might begin to think about settling for whatever you can get. Ride out these moments, and goods things will come your way sooner rather than later.

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