I’ve worked in a variety of jobs in several different industries over the years. And while the work I’ve taken on isn’t always easy and doesn’t always pay the best, in most cases it came with some pretty good job security. And these days, and in the current job market, job security can make up for a lot.
Entrance into the following fields in which I’ve worked is often relatively easy, and in most cases the roles don’t require a significant level of education yet are often in demand.
Working in sanitation might not sound like a dream role, but it did to me when I was in pre-school. I used to watch in awe as the garbage men made their neighborhood rounds. I dreamed of the day when I could do such an awesome job.
Unfortunately, I peaked in my career ambitions too early since my first real summer job at age 15 was as a sanitation worker cleaning parking lots and emptying trash cans Sure, the pay was poor back then — just $6.00 a hour back in the mid-90s — but the exercise was great and I got to spend plenty of time outdoors. And no one can dispute that with our consumer-based society there is any lack of garbage, which can make for great job security.
The following year — as a 16-year-old — I was promoted to groundskeeper as part of the company grounds crew. In turn, I received a whopping 25 cents and hour wage increase. I’d started out cutting neighborhood lawns as a kid, so it was the perfect next step. And again, it’s hard to deny that there will ever be a shortage of trees to be cut, lawns to be mowed, hedges to be trimmed, or weeds to be pulled. While the pay might not be great, the job security can be, and there may be the option to move into a self-employed role with a low initial investment in overhead and equipment.
The hospitality business can be a great spot for job security. Hotels — which is my former career expertise — can be like little self-contained cities. And if staff might be getting cut in banquets, the restaurant could be looking to pick up some employers. Hours short in housekeeping? Well the bell desk or engineering might need some help. Things slow in accounting? Maybe the front desk could use a few extra hands.
There is often plenty of room to move around when it comes to roles within a hotel and there are a variety of career advancement opportunities often inside the same hotel or between hotels. For example, I started off in operations in one city (getting a taste of housekeeping, engineering and the bell desk), was promoted to another operations role in a different city, and came back to that initial hotel as director of finance all within a period of just five years.
By the looks of most of the Internet writing out there these days, you don’t have to be a F. Scott Fitzgerald or Ernest Hemingway to work as a freelance writer, and I’m the perfect example. I wasn’t trained as a writer, didn’t go to school to become a writer, but here I am. And with the Internet, the occupation can be much easier to break into than it used to be.
Whether as articles for blogs or product descriptions for websites, there is almost always someone on the lookout for good copy, and with sites like YCN, Textbroker, Helium, and many more, there are a variety of ways to get your foot in door of the freelance writing world. While success can be fleeting in this industry, there can be almost a constant variety of available work if you’re willing to look for it.
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