Bespoke Careers

More and more people are forgoing the “traditional” careers that used to be so common in the past and instead forging ahead, literally creating their very own bespoke careers, and developing their financial future from scratch in a way that just wasn’t possible in the past.

Today, thanks in large part to modern technology, new research in education, and a truly global marketplace that never really existed for everyone before it’s possible to establish your very own bespoke careers – and it’s easier now than it’s ever been before!

At the same time, you’ll want to make sure that you are doing your level best to improve your odds of success in your new career. Here are some tips and tricks to help you do exactly that.

Outline your expectations in advance

It will be absolutely impossible for you to create the kind of bespoke careers you are interested in until you outline your expectations in advance, in as crystal clear a manner as humanly possible.

You’ll want to know exactly what kind of career you’re interested in pursuing, how long you’re interested in training for that career, and how you’ll establish yourself as a professional moving forward. These are pretty difficult questions to answer without some deep thinking and real research, but thankfully there are programs and organizations out there that can help you come up with the answers and guide you while you create bespoke careers.

Choose educational courses that will give you an advantage in your industry

As we highlighted above, modern technology has made it really, really easy to take advantage of educational opportunities, training programs, and online coursework that allows you to get a world-class education much easier (and less expensive) than ever before.

Different programs are available to take advantage of, each of them with their own distinct advantages and disadvantages. You’ll want to be sure that you make smart choices when it comes time to lay down the foundational education of your new career, especially if you are going to be establishing your path all on your own.

Look for courses that provide you with a foundation in your new industry that also gives you as much of a competitive advantage as possible. Online courses in particular are frequently updated, usually taught by industry leaders, and provide you with cutting-edge information that may not be available with more traditional approaches.

Don’t be shy about “cross pollinating” with unrelated courses that may open up unforeseen insight

At the same time, it can be very advantageous to take advantage of educational opportunities and courses that appear to have no real relevance with the career that you are looking to establish.

Steve Jobs, legendary entrepreneur and cofounder of Apple, was known for taking advantage of these kinds of courses, and it was a typography class at Stanford that encouraged him to create beautiful fonts and user interfaces in the very first Apple device that helped it to catapult to the top of the technology industry.

You want to make sure that you do everything you can to cross pollinate as much as you are able to, looking for connections and leverage points that you can use to improve the bespoke careers you are establishing.