It’s the summer of 2014. I’m a year into my funded PhD program at a Research I university. Not to mention, I’m among the foremost experts on that topic no one actually cares about, having just completed a Master’s thesis on it.
The stress of applying for jobs is killer!
The starving artist is a term I could assume most people would be familiar with. And, for the most part, I think it would be safe to say most people pair the two together when thinking about artISTS, and not art. I've always wondered why that is.
Choosing to pursue writing as my main source of income was difficult and the risks are many. Luckily, I have a wonderful support system that allows me to finally take my dream of being a writer seriously and focus all my efforts in this area. However, in my haste to acquire some modicum of financial success, I have leaped before I looked and created an account with hirewriters.com. This is a bit of a cautionary tale that I'm sure other writers may have experienced when they were trying to begin their careers and I thought I would share my experience with those that are interested.
The freedom lifestyle. Something many covet and few achieve. The ability to break free from the conventional 9 to 5 work structure, be your own boss and make money from virtually anywhere.
I have never been so lost in my entire life!
Once upon a time, not so very long ago, I dreamed of writing. Writing for whoever might hear, whoever might care, or, for myself and the sheer enjoyment, nay, the absolute bliss of filling a page with words spilling from my mind like a torrent. (a torrent of what, we shall not debate!) Words have always been there, at the forefront of my every thought, waking or sleeping, dreaming or working. How many times I’ve been caught narrating what I’m doing by a quizzical onlooker I dare not admit (usually a family member, thank goodness, but not always). It’s rather like an obsession I cannot escape or break free of, and like an obsession, I do not care to break free, really.
Thirsty Thursdays. Drinks on Friday because thank God it's the freakin' weekend. Saturday bottomless brunch with avo on toast, of course. Sunday Roast somewhere hipster before the Sunday scaries settle in. Monday, lift chat about how tired and grumpy you are that it's a new week.
Well, hello there! It’s been about a minute since my last contribution to the masses, but I’m back now. Shut up, Dave, look how grateful they all are. While science and tech are my general topics of choice, today I want to talk about the retail world. Let’s face it: Who hasn’t had a job in retail at one point or another?
All across the globe, industries are pushing forward innovations that change the way we perceive common objects and services we had become accustomed to. The healthcare sector is no exception, as more and more healthcare startups are coming up with ideas that they can do better than the competition. If you are considering becoming a healthcare provider, this is the perfect time to do it. According to the Productivity Commission’s report on healthcare services, the total amount of Australian government, individuals and private insurance spent on healthcare grew from $4,788 per person in 2004/5 to $6,248 per person in 2014. However, as money brings more business opportunities, it also brings more competitors. These things are something you should know if you want to bypass some commonplace obstacles.
Before I graduated college, I had no idea what I was going to do with my life. I only figured out my next steps the Wednesday before graduation which was the following Saturday. That Wednesday was the day that I received the job offer. A job offer with a salary much lower than I was expecting but in the field I had and have a passion for. You do not do counseling for the money, but that is a story for another time.
To be an actor requires levels of strength that are taken for granted in everyday life. To stand on a stage, in front of a camera, and exploit your experiences to become someone else requires a lot of us. A lot of courage, a lot of compassion, and crazy amounts of vulnerability. But what do these things even mean?