A round up of interesting or cool stuff I’ve read.
After a late entry to the previous Sovereign Quest writing challenge, I thought I’d get in early with this one:
We all dream of doing something different. What alternative career would you pursue, if you were no longer able to work in your current profession? You didn’t suddenly strike it rich and still have bills to pay, so what are your “Plan B” options?
This is actually very timely, as it’s more or less what I’m doing anyway!
Admittedly, I am choosing to leave my profession, rather than being forced out, but still, the end result is the same.
Maybe this isn’t in the spirit of the thought experiment. This isn’t so much a ‘plan B;’ instead, I’ve skipped the usual plan B, C & D that scientists would usually consider and am attempting something completely different!
But, I suppose I can spin this on its head, and instead ask the question, what would I do if my current career change doesn’t pan out?
There are a number of reasons why this could happen. What if the exams turn out to be too difficult? Perhaps I struggle to find a company who will take me on? Or maybe I do find the perfect job, but it turns out that it’s just not for me?
There are several other jobs that I’ve considered in the past, before my current fixation on financial planning.
I could lean on my science background and try a move into science policy, either for a government thinktank or for the civil service. One of the things that annoyed me about research was that any real-world impact was probably 10-20 years away! So I always liked the idea of instead moving into a role where you could have a more immediate impact.
Sticking with scientific research, I know of a few friends who, on finishing their PhD, continued with research but for a company, rather than at a university.
Alternatively, I could make use of my experience within a university setting to find something within the sector. You might think that a university is all lecturers and researchers, but there are actually a large number of other staff that keep the cogs running. I could be one those cogs! (Not making it sound very appealing, ha).
I could try another abrupt change to something completely different once again. However, I can’t assume that I’d still have my emergency fund to see me through another bout of training/studying. What if it’s all used up after struggling to find a job for 6+ months?
Finally, I’ve always considered teaching as my ultimate back-up plan. Admittedly it would mean going back to university for a year and taking on even more student debt. But I often hear from my few teacher friends that science teachers are always in demand. And it’s not unusual for people in their 40s to embark on a new career in teaching. I don’t exactly relish the idea, but desperate times call for desperate measures!
All in all, assuming I had to go through (another!) career change and my emergency fund was starting to look a little bare, I think I’d be in a good position to find another job. It’s obviously hard to say whether I’d want to stick with any of the above career choices. Perhaps I’d just use them to tide me over whilst I retrain to get something more in demand or higher paid? Or maybe I’d finally be sick of working for other people, and I’d make a push for self-employment.
… Let’s just hope my current plan works out, eh?
Interesting links that caught my eye this week:
- I Retired Young – Early retirement SWOT
David applies a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis to his own early retirement. I thought it was a cool idea – it’s always worthwhile pausing to take stock of your situation, and to reflect on what aspects you like and what you don’t.
- Naresh Jayakumar – How to Stay Motivated on the Journey to Financial Independence
Financial independence is a journey, rather than a destination. If you focus too much on the end goal of saving a specific amount of money, you’ll miss out on many years of living in the meantime. Naresh shares some tips to keep yourself motivated.
- Wealth and Risk – Active investment is great! Just pick the right domain
Rather than trying to beat the stock market, Sonnie suggests you concentrate your active investment in areas that are more likely to pay off.
- Quiet FI – Chase Sapphire Preferred – A Reaction Not a Review
A look at how a little bit of customer service (or lack thereof) can push away a potential customer for life!
- Indeedably – Ridiculous
Indeedably demonstrates yet again that personal finance, and life in general, is not simply about the money, or about choosing the most efficient path forward.
- Haseeb Qureshi – Ten Rules for Negotiating a Job Offer
Hat tip Banker on FIRE for this interesting article. It’s predominantly tech-focused, but still has some useful tips for general use.
- Cutting through Chaos – How to take a sabbatical
“But the reason you might want to take a sabbatical will have a big impact on decisions like where, when and for how long. Like many things in life, understanding your ‘why’ is crucial.”
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Thanks for reading. Hope you’re all having a great week!