Why We Don’t Have As Much Control Over Our Careers As We Think
It's a tale as old as time: find a good job, put in your time, climb the ladder, and you’ll be set. It sounds like a secure way to earn a good living and retire happy.
Unfortunately, even though we spend roughly ⅓ of our lives at work, dedication to the company doesn’t equal control over our destiny. Everything from mergers and acquisitions, internal restructuring, the gig economy, or companies choosing to close can put a sudden, unexpected end to your perfect career path.
The idea of having one job for the majority of your career, and the security that once came along with that, no longer exists in many places around the world - including here in Australia. While we often assume that we can work hard and earn our place in the company, all of the scenarios I just mentioned are ones we, as employees, have no control over.
According to an article by ABC, data published by the Bureau of Statistics in 2017 shows 187,000 Australian positions had been made redundant. Jump to 2019, and the number increases to 272,500.
So how do we get our control back?
After I realized I no longer wanted to return to the corporate retail world I had worked so hard to excel in, I turned to entrepreneurship. Owning my own business gave me the freedom to stay at home with my baby boys, not miss out on any of their milestones, and adjust my working hours around their needs.
It gave me freedom, but it’s also given me control.
I can now say “yes” or “no” to any opportunity as I choose. As a fierce advocate of healthy living, nutritious foods, and high quality, natural skin care, I enjoy being able to share my love of certain brands with whomever I please - and more importantly I can choose to work with these brands if I wish, or not.
I have complete control over my working hours, my revenue, and my business growth.
I originally started BossLady Lifestyle Movement with the vision of staying at home with my family when I had one. What I didn’t realize at the time was that it was giving me back the control I (and others) are missing in the corporate world. It’s a wonderful feeling to be back in the driver’s seat of my own career and work with people and brands I choose.