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My dearest Reader,
Previously on Chasing Fish – I have been blogging about marathon training as a frame to write about life and a 10,000 hour commitment to my passions: writing, dancing, and running since last March.
I still intend to blog about this same commitment. But recently business has been on mind.
Everywhere I look from the young man with a cardboard sign reading “Ready to Work” standing on the corner that refused my groceries but probably would accept “What Color is Your Parachute” by Richard Bolles. To people with three degrees who can’t find a minimum wage job. To the mother buying the lotto ticket with a baby on her hip. To my friend at the library the kindest, most well-adjusted, competent citizen who it took two years to find a job. To adult (adult-adult) children moving in with their parents after losing businesses, not finding jobs or bailing their parents out financially to pay the mortgage. To young women more or less fresh out of Yale, Duke or the like, starting career coaching startups : http://www.trerodriguez.com/, http://www.themuse.com/ , or http://heyamberrae.com/ . (Either they could not find work in this economy and became so familiar with applying for jobs, realiazed how bad we are at finding work as a nation and saw their niche. Or they saw the Need and a way to make money. Either way there is a pattern of this right now — young women starting career coaching startups.)
The financial crisis happened the first semester I was in a master’s degree program for international journalism with a business and finance specialism. We noted it but did we notice it?
I was living in western Europe since 2007. I bounced back to work in the U.S. for eight months, returned to London and then moved back last summer because one of my family members became suddenly ill. When I was working I didn’t notice the economic plate tectonics as much but now that I am in a career shift, I do.
There is a change going on in the workplace-as-we know-it right now. I think we have the responsibility to address our times, to lift each other up in hard times and brainstorm a way through together. I hope my musings will give you some inspiration on business + a career chase in a re-configuring and still challenging economy. In terms of career chase we need to be ninjas now more than ever.
I am going to shift my focus to include writing about these changing forces re-configuring the work world as we know it from the perspective of the everyday person trying to make their dreams happen and needing to hustle. And needing to apply more Chutzpah!
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