In the past, the traditional definition of a successful career often looked like this: go to school, graduate, get a job, stay in the same field (and possibly same company) for your entire career, work your way up the ladder to management—and possibly a corner office.
These days, though, career success isn’t a one-size-fits-all proposition. If you want to follow the traditional path, you can. But, if success for you looks like something other than the conventional career path, that’s OK, too.
Many FlexJobs members have redefined what career success means, just like Olivia P. For her, success is pursuing a career path that suits her creative personality and isn’t tied to an office.
Forever Wanting Flexibility
Though many people talk about wanting a flexible job, it can often feel like like it’s difficult to find. “I had been wanting a flexible job forever,” Olivia says. And without a flexible job, she felt like she would never get to live the life she dreamed of.
Olivia loves to travel and explore the world. However, doing that costs money, and for Olivia, that means having a job that pays well enough for her to pursue her passions and pay the bills. Ideally, she wanted a flexible job that would let her work from anywhere. But, she just couldn’t find the right flexible job. “I was beginning to feel like it was impossible to have the life I dreamed of.”
A Significant Event Leads to the Search
Though Olivia wanted a flexible job, she was never able to find the time to really search for one. But then, “a significant event happened that finally gave me the push I needed.”
That push inspired her to join FlexJobs and ultimately helped her connect with a fully remote, freelance job as an English Content Creator at Fanatee. Now, Olivia has the flexible job she always wanted and the financial security she needs.
“I never thought I’d be able to have both career freedom and financial security at the same time. I was wrong,” she admits, “and the past six months of the new life has proven that to me. I have a new freelance career now, and it’s made my life so much better.”
Success Is What You Say It Is
For Olivia, success is the ability to travel, have a career that pays well, and call the shots. “I love being able to decide my own hours and not have someone micromanage me. My work is so much better without being constantly pressured to do something in someone else’s way. I have more time to work on my own creative projects and better myself.”
And she says she owes a lot of her initial success to her FlexJobs membership. “I still go on FlexJobs all the time to look at new freelance opportunities. I’ve never gotten more responses from any other job site. Anyone who asks where they should look for flexible job options, I always direct them to FlexJobs.”
Define Your Success
Success for you may be the corner office and the big title. Or, it may be a freelance career with the ability to pick and choose who you work for (and who you don’t). With a flexible job, you can define what success means to you and create the perfect career path for your unique goals.
Join FlexJobs today and start defining success your way. Not sure how FlexJobs can help you redefine success?
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