September 7, 2008 7:25 PM Subscribe
Do you have a career that allows a great deal of flexibility? What is it? How do you get it?
posted by btkuhn to Work & Money (17 answers total) 53 users marked this as a favorite
After a year in the real workforce, I've come to realize that I dread having to be at work 5 days a week. I actually don't mind the work, I just hate having to do it at a proscribed time and place every day. Occasionally I read questions on askmefi or other places from people saying basically, I can do my work from anywhere in the world, where should I live? I imagine that many of these are computer and web-related jobs, but I'm sure there are other paths that allow this flexibility.
So my question is, do you work in a field that allows a great deal of flexibility? What do you do, and how did you get there? This is pretty open-ended - it can mean the ability to telecommute 1-2 days a week, working long hours some days in exchange for more days off, or the ability to work completely remotely. For instance, I know a nurse who works 12 hour shifts, but only 3 days a week, and another guy who is in the office every Monday and Tuesday, but can work from home, whenever he wants, the rest of the time. There's no way an arrangement like either of these would work in my job, in investment banking. What career paths should I look into that will allow this flexibility? And, just as importantly, what type of educational program should I look into to get started, assuming I have a standard BS degree?