Last week, I suffered one of the worst things that can happen to someone who is trying to do a lot of writing online: a complete computer meltdown. Literally, since the fan and entire cooling system broke... which completely fried the processor. Fixable, but expensive.
There were benefits of taking my computer into rehab, however, since it forced me to look more around London for my shot of daily news. And I think the Universe was feeling sympathetic to my plight, because the very first free newspaper I picked up had an excellent article about how a young person is taking advantage of the changing workplace!
The article, "Passion, ambition, and no soft soap" in the February 22 edition of the London Paper, talks about how Ruth Andrade, works for Lush (a handmade cosmetics company that specializes in using fresh ingredients). Her job is to "find ways for the company to operate in a more environmentally responsible way at every level of the organization, from design to manufacture."
What I found most interesting about the job, however, was that it was created specifically for her! Ruth came up with ideas on her own about how to reduce the company's waste, and was so passionate about her ideas that one of Lush's senior directors offered her a job... and then let Ruth design it!
Now she works on everything from getting suppliers to ship products in reusable containers, to designing more eco-friendly window displays for stores, and reducing energy consumption throughout the company.
You might be shaking your head thinking "how does that help me?" Well, even if environmental conservation might not be your cup of tea, Ruth's story should give you hope. Ruth spent a lot of time learning about a cause/initiative she cared about, and then was able to turn it into a full-time position at a company that is giving her the freedom to work on projects she enjoys.
Now the story sounds more interesting, doesn't it? Who wouldn't want to earn a decent salary while being able to say "I don't think of my job as just a way to earn a living. I do the work because I love it."
And that's one of the greatest things about the business world of the future. The opportunities will be there to create our own jobs and design our future. We just have to have the passion to impress people who are willing to pay us!
Click through to read the full article: (It wasn't available online, so I typed it up. Too inspiring for it to be forgotten! Notice how excited she is about her work.)