Many major employers still operate from traditional office environments and there’s evidence that they might be bad for your health.
A command and control culture can cause stress disorders, sedentary work sparks a host of life-shortening illnesses — and a 2014 UK Office of National Statistics survey reported that people who commute for 30 minutes each day have low levels of life satisfaction.
Your mental and physical wellbeing are priceless and if you become so ill that you’re unable to work, it’s a cost no-one should bear.
So if you want to say goodbye to the suit and tie forever, here are three alternative careers for office escapees.
According to UK behavioural scientist Professor Paul Dolan, gardeners and florists are the happiest professionals — they’re twice as satisfied as people in high-profile, well-paid jobs.
One of their reasons to be cheerful is that their labour leads to tangible results — unlike jobs like banking where the purpose and end results might seem more abstract.
Making a living from gardening naturally involves physical work and requires expertise — but queuing by the photocopier while you listen to your boss’s meaningless management speak will seem a million miles away as you till the soil on a fresh sunny day.
Getting professional advice from The Gardeners Guild is a good first step in this green-fingered career. It’s a professional trade network where members can recommend qualifications and promote their services to customers.
When you want to keep fit while earning cash, a career as a Personal Trainer (PT) could be perfect.
You’ll need a decent level of general fitness, but it’s possible to gain an entry-level qualification in the space of a few months while studying in your own time.
And rather than paying a lump sum up front, some course providers allow you to repay fees in instalments over the course of a year.
Becoming a professionally-qualified PT with PureGym allows you to use your passion for physical fitness to help members lose weight, gain confidence and even train for specialist sports and events.
And since it’s a 24-hour business, there’s some flexibility for you to fit your shifts around childcare and other responsibilities.
- Business coach
If you’re a former manager or C-Suite exec who’s tired of the traditional working model but would like a vocation that’s still closely linked to leadership, becoming a self-employed business coach might be right up your street.
You could end up mentoring a promising young executive to navigate corporate politics and gain a promotion, advising entrepreneurs on sourcing investment funds or sharing your knowledge of change management with a large organisation struggling to engage staff.
Years of experience will provide you with all the confidence you need for this venture — but taking an MBA with Anglia Ruskin Distance Learning enables you to refresh your existing skillset and top up your armoury with the latest insights.
If you’re planning an escape from your office, any of these three alternative careers could provide an excellent escape route.
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