Monday, May 25, 2009

how would i make a living if i can't find jobs in IT?

In one of my Toastmasters' practices, I asked the audience this same question -- "How would you make a living if you can't find a job in your current industry? You could assume the industry declines considerably (outsourcing), too many new comers competing for dwindling jobs, and your family or health doesn't allow you to continue in this line." Here are some of my options:

* librarian
* Life guard, security guard
* assistant restaurant manager, overseeing a bunch of young staff
* work in and then run a small cleaning company
* run a maid agency, or baby-sitter agency
* run a small franchise supermarket, perhaps as a joint investor, but this takes minimum $5K (?) each head. This amount is quite a lot if i am in a dire situation -- can't find job in IT.
* Elderly's nursing home. Growing demands in greying S'pore.
* cold-calling -- perhaps decent investment products from well-known banks. I did cold calling for real and i think i have what it takes.

* newspaper reporter, editor
* ditto for a magazine
* ditto for a tech news site, but not the Web Master (WM is IT).

* Nonprofits do hire people. i think i can help in a few ways including fund-raising (no talent) and hands-on work
~> buddhist organizations do hire people
~> volunteer organizer, a paid job to organize volunteers. I doubt i have the talent but i do have some suitable qualities.

* learn and practice accounting. Boring but i think i have a good foundation.
~> If accountant is hard, then book-keeping.

* private tutor for secondary school students
* teach (IT or something other than IT) in a training school
* ditto in a gov school
* get a master's or PHD and do research/teaching.. Physics, Electronics, Math?
* lab technician in University

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