Alternative career paths - from temping to entrepreneurship
Career paths are not straightforward. As the world of tech and business expands, so does the variety of jobs you can get into. Gone are the days of limited career paths and jobs for life, where choice was restricted to a handful of options. We live in the era of the side hustle, where new businesses are springing up every day. With so many new, alternative opportunities arising, taking control of your career path has never been so exciting!
Here are a few career paths you could take that are a little ‘off the beaten track’...
Temping is a great starting block to finding a career you may not have originally thought of. Utilising temp work as a means of building a career seems to be off the radar for many job seekers. While temping itself might not be your desired career, it can open a lot of doors and opportunities.
Changing companies and positions and working in different environments not only helps you to build up work experience in a short space of time but also grants multiple networking opportunities.
Temping gives you the perfect chance to test the waters of particular career paths and companies without making any firm commitments. It’s ideal for those who aren’t entirely sure whether they want to enter a particular sector or role yet and a convenient way of making money whilst searching for full-time positions. The flexibility of temping also means you can pick and choose when you work. This makes it a great way of earning extra money if you’re pursuing a more alternative career path such as freelancing.
An ambitious and lucrative career path to choose, becoming an online influencer involves a lot of hard work, commitment and patience. But it’s not impossible. To become a successful influencer you need a loyal following. Everything in the world of influencers is measured by how many followers, subscribers and engagement they receive and obtaining this usually takes a lot of time and effort.
Other than getting yourself into Love Island, the best way to become an online influencer is to find your niche. The internet is a vast and diverse place, with content on any topic you can think of. To stand out, your theme needs to be:
There’s a man on youtube with 18,000 subscribers who films himself drinking bottles of water. There’s a computer-generated virtual fashion model (f.y.i. NOT a real person!) on Instagram with over 70K followers. Ryan ToysReview is a young boy who reviews toys on youtube and has over 20 MILLION subscribers and net worth of $22 Million. So if you think your idea was too wacky or niche, remember, nothing is too weird for the internet.
If being an online influencer is something you’re keen to try out, get started now! It takes a while to build up to having an online presence that you can monetise and not everybody ends up successful. But if you have a passion and enjoy content creation, it’s certainly a unique and exciting career path to pursue.
Love exploring new places and don’t want to feel tied down by work? Perhaps becoming a digital nomad is the career path for you. Digital nomads conduct their work remotely over the internet, whilst travelling and living a ‘nomadic’ lifestyle. This style of working is currently on the rise, as remote working jobs become more common and internet access more available.
Choosing digital nomadism as a career path usually evolves from going freelance or having a job that enables you to work remotely 100% of the time. It is usually something you need to build yourself up to through gaining work experience so you’re not going in cold. Digital nomadism is as much a lifestyle as it is a career, so it is important to weigh up the positives with the negatives.
The pros? Total freedom to explore beautiful locations. The chance to really immerse yourself in the local culture of a place. As a Digital Nomad, you can stay as long as you want!
The cons? While being a digital nomad might seem like a never-ending holiday, the reality is that you will still be just as tied down with work as you would be living in one place. Making sure you have a good wi-fi connection and resources can also be a cause of stress in unfamiliar countries.
Do you appreciate the power of words? Perhaps you just enjoy writing and found you really liked writing essays for school? You don’t need to have a published novel to be a professional writer. If you have a passion for writing, monetising your talent can be an incredibly rewarding career path to pursue.
There are multiple ways you can develop a career as a writer. Most companies hire content writers, either in-house or freelance to produce content for them. Content can range from blog articles on websites to the little paragraphs that go on the back of product packaging. For example, Fledglink- the free early career app- train young writers from school age to create content for their community which is then showcased in their app, website and social channels.
Career paths in writing can vary drastically. Some examples include:
- Speech Writing
- Technical Writing
- Content Writing
- Becoming a Novelist
- Proposal Writing
There are so many avenues to explore in professional writing and even the chance to go freelance and work for yourself.
If you have a creative skill or talent, then why not try taking it freelance? Companies often hire freelancers for a number of jobs and the more you do it, the more you build up a client base. Generally, the more freelancing you do, the more work you’ll be offered.
Some examples of types of freelance jobs:
- Commercial Writing
- Graphic Design
- Virtual Assistant
- Web Development
- SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) Research
The best part of working freelance is that you can manage your own time. Many freelancers start out doing it on the side while working a full-time or part-time job. As you’re able to pick and choose how many jobs you take on at one time, it’s easy to manage the workload you have. Freelancing makes you feel like your own boss, and some freelancers end up starting their own businesses. However, relying totally on clients for income can apply some financial pressure. Freelancing doesn’t offer a guaranteed salary at the end of each month and finding work can be difficult.
Passionate about helping others and making the world a better place? Working in the non-profit sector can be incredibly rewarding and there is a variety of role you can do within it. It can be pretty difficult to get into the sector, and you might need to do some voluntary work to start with. But if you’re passionate and hard-working, you can definitely take your career path into the non-profit sector.
There’s a great deal of scope in terms of opportunities with charities and a variety of types to choose from:
- Conservation Organisations
- Welfare Organisations
- Conservation & Protection
- Parks and Nature Centers
- International NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisations)
- International Development NGOs
- Disaster Relief & Humanitarian NGOs
- Peace & Human Rights NGOs
- Conservation NGOs
- Child Sponsorship Organisations
- Disease & Disorder Charities
- Medical Services & Treatment
- Medical Research Charities
- Patient and Family Support Charities
- Scholarship and financial aid services
- School Reform and Experimental Education
- Support for students, teachers, and parents
- Arts and Culture
- Museums & Art Galleries
- Performing Arts
- Libraries & Historical Societies
- Public Broadcasting and Media
To get started, there are a number of online resources to help you out: https://www.charityjob.co.uk/ is incredibly useful for browsing and applying to jobs in the sector.
Working in a non-profit involves a lot of hard work and often low pay. However, the satisfaction you can experience from making a difference to an issue that you care about is often rewarding enough.
Still not sure that any of these alternatives are for you? Perhaps carving out your own career path and starting your own business is something you should try!
Being your own boss comes with many difficulties, but it can also offer a sense of satisfaction, freedom and passion that is rare to find in any other job. Owning your own business means doing everything on your own terms and the potential for profit is limitless.
However, entrepreneurship isn’t easy and certainly not for the faint-hearted. To be an entrepreneur, you need to be extremely resilient. There's always the risk that the business doesn’t succeed and if it does, growing businesses take up a great deal of time and commitment.
Running your own business puts you at the centre of everything and can be incredibly high pressure at times. But if you have a great business idea, lots of enthusiasm and heaps of motivation, it’s definitely an alternative career path you can pursue! Check out the ‘Being your own boss’ news channel in the discovery feed on the Fledglink app for more advice and guidance.
Build Your Network on Fledglink
All career paths rely on a good network. The more people you can connect with, the more doors you can open. It is difficult to predict when an opportunity will come around, but having a stronger and wider network of peers will lead to more opportunity.
Fledglink helps young people to work smarter and improve their peer to peer networks.