Creative Careers in the Innovation Economy

Just having a”job” in this rapidly changing global economy does not offer the emotional and economic security it once did so new strategies have to be considered and employed.  Here are statistics you should contemplate before making plans:

    • No one on the planet can predict the jobs/careers of the future
    • 55 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with their work. (Conference Board, 2010)
    • 54% of employees are not engaged, 29% are actively engaged, and 17% are actively disengaged (Gallup, 2009)
    • The average person in the workforce today will have 14 jobs in their lifetime. Children not in the workforce yet, can expect more than that as an average(Al Gini, Loyola University, 2009)
    • In the US, 70% of students in High School graduate on time while 35.5 % of two year colleges graduate within 3 years and 57.5% of four year college students complete in 6 years. (2010)

In order to get in the driver seat of you career future, these five strategies for creative careers should be looked at through the lens of what may be the most authentic or doable for you:

1. Plan for  a portfolio career – Instead of going for one job to secure your future, think about several things you can do at once. For example, I have a client who is a lawyer, social entrepreneur and affiliate marketer on Amazon and enjoys the variety and multiple income streams.

2. Plan to be a freelance- Not being on the payroll can be freeing whether you work for one company or many.

3. Plan to be a serial careerist – For some, doing one thing for a long time can feel like dying slowly. While you are doing one career or job, people in the category should be planning for their next chapter.

4. Invent something — Do you have the next million dollar idea swimming around your head? Instead of day dreaming– do something with it!  Look at my friend Allison’s website for inspiration: thebrobe.com.

5. Start you own business –It may be the hardest and most rewarding thing you will ever do!  Check out this new store in Austin that combines creativity, sustainable local food and ice cream: ilikelick.com.

Laurel Donnellan

CEO, Bright Livelihoods

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