Flexability: a term often used in the performing arts but what about in the job arena? No, I am not asking you to start balancing on a hi beam or bend over to touch your toes before hurdling over three desk chairs into a sumersault. Unless a person is employed in a cirucs, at a dance studio, or in the Cirque De Soleil, physical flexabity isn’t usually a job requirement (at least that I am aware of, anyway.)
Job flexability, though, can and should be a critiqual component of your skill set. Why?
Well, by accident and god’s grace alone, I discovered that a flexible attitude and skill set creates a diverse working enviroment for one’s self. How so? Hmm, where to begin.
I work at a dairy–yes, the kind with black and white cows, milking machines, and lots of grain. Why, when I possess a degree in Graphic Design/Advertising, would I work at a dairy? To milk it for all its worth, udderly ridicoulous right?
Yes, periodically I do design work at the dairy but I love what I do–work outside with baby calves. This is the adabtability, the conforming to a calling that I didn’t know existed prior in my life–work that I love and enjoy. Adapting has broadened my horizons considerably while providing a sustainable income for me. I never thought that a dairy could bring so much happiness to my life. But what about Design? Simple–simple observation allows me to identify each calf from the markings on her pelt, re-organize data sheets and format a cohesive design of structure–natures own design.
Every Saturday, I work in the office, which is nice–yet, even sitting at the desk I yearn to be out with the babies. Flexability allows me the skills and the open minded to work in various area of the dairy as needed but one thing remains the same, I never dread coming into work.
My advice: allow yourself wiggle room, explore new venues, and see what paths open up in your future.