Taking Care of Work
Nearly all of us have a need to work. Not all of us work to meet a financial need.
The nature of work changes significantly through our lives. During our education, work is progressive. As soon as we can show we can do something to the required standard, we are moved on to something else.
It comes as shock to find in our first job that as soon as we can show competence in doing something, we are left to repeat it over and over again. Some people find themselves doing mind-numbing repetitive work for months, years or even a lifetime.
Yet others manage to have absorbing, challenging work which stimulates them and which they are content to do right up to traditional retirement age, and beyond. What is more they are usually rewarded better for that work both in terms of money and feeling fulfilled.
How have they done this? It is usually because they have followed a progression in their work which was rarely planned but unrolled in front of them.
The path would have been different for each of them but there would be certain common ingredients.
A common thread emerges however. This is progress to greater and greater independence in the work they do. In the articles below and in our learning programmes, we show people how to turn routine work in a job into a career. This career will lead to a wider horizon and more choices. Usually at some point people these people will move from a large organisation to one where they have much more freedom. This may be a smaller existing organisation or to working for themselves.
Beyond that, depending on their situation and non-financial needs, they may well then find themselves building an organisation where they have complete control. Starting and running your own business from scratch in the commercial sector may only be for a brave minority. However, today there are many other options, including many in the public and voluntary sectors.
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