Alternative Career Paths: Exploring New Possibilities

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This article is a summary of a YouTube video "Careers Have Changed Forever" by How Money Works
TLDR People are opting out of traditional career paths and seeking alternative ways to gain experience and financial reward.

Key insights

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    The idea of working your way up the corporate ladder and relying on savings or a pension for retirement is outdated and unrealistic.
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    The 40-year career is dead, but a new style of career is emerging, where online courses and partnerships with companies can help individuals start successful careers in the technology industry.
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    Employees have discovered that they can complete their work in half the time when working remotely, exposing the inefficiency of long hours spent in the office.
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    Workers in high-demand industries like tech, pharmaceuticals, and finance have the opportunity to earn significantly higher incomes as salespeople, with average performers potentially earning 250 to 500,000 a year in commissions, surpassing mid-level managers in the same industry.
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    Working two full-time jobs simultaneously from home has become a popular trend among tech workers, allowing them to earn two salaries and potentially providing additional job security.
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    The desire to start one's own business has reached its highest level ever, with a record number of business ID numbers created in 2021 and expected to be broken in 2022.
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    Getting promoted within a company can actually hinder career progression, as employees who switch companies every two years end up earning 50% more than those who stay loyal.
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    Young workers are becoming disillusioned with the idea of achieving traditional financial goals like buying a house and having a normal retirement, leading them to seek out alternative lifestyles such as video gaming or low budget travel.


  • Why is the traditional career path no longer reliable?

    — The traditional model of going to school, getting a job, and retiring with savings or a pension is no longer working and is not a reliable plan.

  • Why are businesses struggling to get employees to work extra hours?

    — Businesses in demanding fields are struggling to get employees to work extra hours, forcing partners to do the extra work themselves.

  • How can Course Careers help people start a technology career without a degree or experience?

    — Course Careers is replacing college as the modern way to start a career in the technology industry, helping people land positions with no degree or experience.

  • Why are people no longer willing to work extra hours and accept additional stress for promotions?

    — People are no longer willing to work extra hours and accept additional stress to chase a promotion due to four reasons identified by business analysts.

  • Why are people choosing mental health and free time over money and opportunity?

    — People are choosing mental health and free time over money and opportunity, rejecting traditional career promotions and seeking out alternative lifestyles.

Timestamped Summary

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    The 40-year career model is crumbling, leaving many vulnerable to exploitation.
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    Businesses are struggling to fill positions, resulting in managers having to convince staff to take on more senior roles.
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    Start a tech career without a degree or experience by signing up for CourseCareers' free introductory course and using the code "codeworks50" for 50% off!
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    40% of surveyed workers prefer to use extra hours for leisure activities, while 25% look for additional responsibilities.
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    People are opting out of managerial roles for higher earning potential and job security in tech, pharma, finance, and sales.
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    Companies must offer hybrid or remote work opportunities to retain experienced employees who prioritize financial reward and job security.
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    Starting a business is becoming a popular way to gain experience and knowledge to pursue a career in finance.
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    Switching companies every two years can increase salary by 50%, but requires careful planning to maintain relationships and secure a good reference.
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