I’ve been thinking about whether I would advise my kids to have a career like I had, or to go self employed like I am now, or something else. And looking at what my various friends have done with their lives, there seem to be certain patterns or shapes to people’s lives, as follows: (can you see yourself there?)
Blue chip career ~ upwards towards management. Staying in one company or passing through many
Use your skill for life. e.g. Engineer. Expert in your niche. Gives you some security.
Self employed – lifestyle business where you don’t employ anyone else, you just earn decent money doing your thing.
Build own company for sale – and then retire, or do another one!
Drop out from system, focus on a hobby eg music. Maybe do some basic work, that you don’t care about, just to keep solvent.
Combining work and hobby eg professional musician
Continuous study ~ search for a (mythical?) meal ticket, or for status from qualifications, or to avoid a job and the pressure of a career, or just because you love learning
Focus on family and house – work is something boring that is not important
Crazy changes throughout your life as you search restlessly for the perfect thing – which may or may not be out there
Burn out in some high pressure job, but save enough money to retire early
Second life: ~ semi retire early and do the thing you’ve always wanted to do
So – what did I miss?