I often talk to clients that are desperately seeking “Work-Life Balance”. Does it exist? We are meant for Work and Leisure so how do we control our career instead of it controlling our life?
On our recent trip to Maine I met many interesting restaurant servers and baristas that made their Career work for their Lifestyle by taking advantage of the booming tourism economy in Maine during May-October.
Did you know that the town of Bar Harbor, Maine literally shuts down after mid- October? They make 99% of their income during 5- 6 months of the year. So hospitality workers travel to Maine (Acadia, Bar Harbor, Camden, Kennebunkport, and many more highly sought out harbor towns) to as they say “make hay when sun shines”. They work 90-100 hours a week to make income for the entire year. So what do they do when they are not literally serving others (October-April)?
So four different hospitality service workers with four different ways that their career worked for their lifestyle. Does your career work for your life? Find out what Work-Life Balance means to you so you can choose a career that fits you.
I love learning about what people do for a living. It always fascinates me. A few weeks ago we traveled to the beautiful state of Maine. A destination I have always wanted to experience and of course along the way I had to meet people and ask them about their careers.
Have you ever wanted to be a commercial pilot?
Of course, I could not get on the plane until I met our pilots in the Charlottesville Airport who worked for American Airlines. One of our pilots was originally from the United Kingdom received his flight training in Traverse City, Michigan. Did you know that there are a “shortage” of commercial pilots in the United States? Also that over the last 5 years they have increased the starting salary of pilots from $20K a year to $60K a year. I am very thankful that our pilots are now paid well for the level of competence and education that they must have to care for so many passengers’ safety.
After meeting another pilot at Philadelphia Airport, I also learned that Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and North Dakota State University are the most competitive programs for commercial pilots. Also 80% of the students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University are on ROTC scholarships in order to pay for their education. Eight years in the military for a 4 year college education or approximately $48K a year at Embry-Riddle (http://daytonabeach.erau.edu/admissions/estimated-costs/index.html).
He also explained that pilots get contracted to work 75 flights hours a month starting at around $38-$40 an hour. They of course receive overtime pay for anything over 75 but are not allowed to exceed 100 flight hours a month. Also they receive a “per diem” for meal and hotel expenses when they are away from home. It would have saved us at least $50 on our 3 hour layover in Philly. Just one of the perks to being a commercial pilot.
I love meeting new people who clearly have a career that gives them a sense of purpose!
“Hesitation is the kiss of death. You might hesitate for a just nanosecond, but that’s all it takes. That one small hesitation triggers a mental system that’s designed to stop you. And it happens in less than—you guessed it—five seconds.” ― Mel Robbins, The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage
Would you take off on a big vacation without an itinerary? Would you build a house without a set of floor plans? Would you go into a performance or sporting event without having practiced?
If you are dragging yourself to work everyday resenting your job, the people you work with or just unhappy in the least bit ... come up with a new plan and start executing it today!
Where to begin?
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Did you know that if you type that phrase “I Need a New…” into Google the first two suggestions are “job” and “career”? Did either of those words pop into your head when you read the incomplete sentence? If so, do you know if your lack of fulfillment at work is because you need a new job or that you actually need a complete change in career? Are you wondering if it even possible to change fields??
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