OPINION: Folks With Non-Traditional Career Ambitions Should Explore These Paths


The world is changing; one of the most significant changes deals with work and the various career paths which people consider.

Over the past few years, freelancing has gained more and more traction as a career path. Some folks choose to pursue freelance work full-time, while others opt for freelancing as more of a supplementary income stream.

Of course, freelance work is not the only non-traditional career path, nor should it be viewed as such. There are a variety of options for those who wish to branch out and try something different.

In far too many cases, when someone explores a willingness to branch out and try something different as a career, they’re encouraged against doing so. In the long run, this can be harmful and serve as a roadblock for one reaching their full potential and finding their passion.

The Safe Road vs. the Road Less Traveled

At the end of the day, each person is responsible for their own choices. There are many people who reap great success in non-traditional career paths to this day; however, far too many folks like this were told that their dreams weren’t realistic when they were first getting started.

Not everyone wants to follow the status-quo in life. Many people do not want to work a 9-to-5, answer to a boss, and get holidays off. Of course, there’s nothing inherently wrong with these paths…for folks who want them. However, there’s a toxic, unspoken rule in society that indirectly urges people to follow the safe road.

Following the safe road isn’t always the best call; it’s certainly not a good choice for folks who feel a calling to do something else. Far too often, people are directly told to be ambitious and follow their dreams; however, when they actually exercise this advice, they can run into a lot of naysayers and pressure to take the safe road.

Ignoring the Naysayers

In life, there will always be naysayers and people who fear or resent folks with the willingness to follow their own path.

An inevitable part of the journey involves overcoming this type of criticism; although a more positive attitude towards folks with non-traditional career ambitions cannot hurt. Each human being deserves to follow what feels right to them and unearth their full potential.