Writers who can only bring themselves to read one career management book, it should be Cal Newport’s So Good they Can’t Ignore You. It was published in 2012 and remains in print and relevant. This book has one central idea that really helps – how focusing on your skills to build career capital is the way to great work. He also demonstrates a couple of traps that can impede your career satisfaction.[Read more…] about Career capital for your day job
The Productivity Commission’s Climbing the Jobs Ladder Slower Report July 2020
The Productivity Commission’s recent report “Climbing the Jobs Ladder Slower: Young People in a Weak Market” looked at job and income outcomes for young workers between 2001 and 2018. The findings show that even before COVID, many young people found their position on the jobs ladder has been sliding ever lower since the GFC, regardless of their qualification levels. In doing so, it sheds light on the career challenges people who write novels can suffer in their day job after prioritising writing in their twenties and thirties.[Read more…] about The elephant in the (jobs) room
Who we call our friends and why is a good place to start learning how to refine our sense of discernment. It can be a great help moderating the emotional roller-coaster of balancing a life writing novels with the challenge of regularly searching for another day job. This posts explores these themes using La La Land as a cinematic example.
Discernment and resilience can be cultivated by exploring the niche in which you live your life. This includes the nature of your friendships – what you do with your friends, where and with whom. True friends are important to almost anyone who wants to live a good life that is authentic. To Ancient Philosophers like Aristotle and the Roman writer Seneca, true friends were friends and people we enjoy friendship with — a distinction worth pondering.[Read more…] about Friends and an authentic life
“Scott Morrison has declared the Coalition will not engage in “unfunded empathy” when it comes to raising the Newstart rate” and “the best form of welfare is a job” Katherine Murphy The Guardian 29.7.2019
Thinking about job markets is a key task in Career Counselling. This week I’ve been thinking about unemployed people already on Newstart for several months. How have they have processed the rapid change in government policy on “unfunded empathy” prompted by a covid outbreak? Given the very low levels of support for the unemployed to date, it seems very unlikely any of our future novel writers will look back on their job hunting days with anything but horror.[Read more…] about Welfare Jobs
Thrift comes too late when you reach the dregs of the barrel” Hesiod
A philosophical approach to work life balance for people writing novels is often characterised by thrift. Whatever thrift maybe, it is essential to ponder it and it’s antonyms. Writing about your idea of thrift is a resolute first step towards realising your own vision of the good life that is actually good. It will move you forward in the project of freeing yourself for yourself.
What are you freeing yourself from? Enslavement – by the ideas and beliefs that have been deformed through your particular life experiences, or growing up in particular community at a particular time in your culture’s history. And of course, your vices. We are all enslaved one way or another, and taking on a philosophical way of life is a conscious move towards freedom. This sense of freedom is a significant component for the development of work life balance and can be a central undertaking in life coaching.[Read more…] about Writing and a Good life
The aim of Seneca’s Letters to Lucilius is for readers to work their way through the 124 letters, creating a Stoic freedom, bringing an experience of joy and well-being in their life, regardless of circumstances. The totality of Seneca’s ambition is not something we can aspire to after developments in philosophy across the last 300 – 500 years. Even so, working with Seneca’s Stoic creed can still facilitate a sense of freedom for us. It can still heal what is amiss in our life. And Seneca can still provide a framework of belief and values to guide us through the insecurities of living with short contracts, casualisation and the ongoing expansion of the gig economy as we struggle to support our writing life.[Read more…] about Liberty through philosophy exercises