4 short gig stories

In my daily work and free time a meet a lot of gig workers, and would therefore want to share four short gig stories:


The Anxious

I met this guy at the beach this summer, and he had just become a gig worker. I have to say that he was a bit anxious about leaving the a top job as a Finance manager. He had worked at several different larger companies, and have had several different high positions within finance.

Kiddos, a big workload and several other reasons led to a lighter burnout. To make a long story short, he quit his job and didn’t really have a second plan except for finding himself, and feel great again.

After a while, he was both restless and in need of money to pay the bills. So he entered the Gig economy. Yay, you might think. He felt the same way for a while. He registered his CV at a consultant company, and they manage to get his first gig pretty soon.

When I met him he had only been working in the gig economy for a couple of months. He both enjoyed it, and was anxious. Enjoyed it because he almost did nothing to find a well paid job. And anxious about several things:

  • Will the bank allow loans when not having a permanent job?
  • Will I find a new job when the contract is out?
  • Is the client right?
  • Will I enjoy working without my own colleagues?

I told him: as long as you’re good in what you’re doing you shouldn’t worry about finding another gig in the future. And he felt a bit confident when I told him that the workplace trends are going towards the gig economy.


The Calling

I have known this guy for a very long time, and he’s great! Very very goal oriented. This guy has been studying abroad a lot, in almost what could be considered as Ivy League schools/programs within Business administration, with a focus on Marketing strategies.

He only worked a few year in a graduate position before he entered his first top position as a Product manager. Product manager might not sound that fancy fancy, but this is a market leader, and one of the biggest companies within its niche. My first thought when he did it was WOW, you’re awesome! And this was before he turned 30 as well.

As with all jobs, he was in need of a new challenge after a while. So he got a new product manger job within a similar industry, and manage a lot of its marketing as well. He liked the job, but felt that there was something that was missing. A true challenge.

When I spoke to him about a year ago he told me he had quit his job. What?! What are you suppose to do now was my first reaction! He answered with a lot of confident: “I’m taking this Web developer boot camp where we have to learn how to code in a few weeks. I’ve always wanted to learn how to code, and now was the time. I felt a calling”.

Can you imagine? Just leaving a nice job just like that, and follow your dream?! Firstly he helped friends and family with simple some simple projects just to build his portfolio. Secondly, he landed his own web project client after a while.

Now he’s very confident and really enjoys his daily work. He doesn’t regret his career swith at all. True inspiration on how we all should prepare our thinking for future of work, and adapt and learn new stuff. Did I mention that I have slowly enrolled a Web developer boot camp from Udemy?


Never again!

I ran into a former colleague today at my clients office, and we had a short chat about our new jobs etc. Back in the days he used to be a low level programmer within embedded systems, and I know that this guy rocks when it comes to code. Now he felt like he was home with really challenging tasks etc.

Since he knows what I’m doing and I know about his past as a gig worker, we talked a bit about the gig economy, and the demand for his skills in this area. So I asked him: Are you interested in going back as a consultant again, and running your own business again?

A short reply: NO, not at all. I don’t want to feel isolated. I want to be part of something, and feel an ownership of what I’m doing. So NO. Never again. Unless I have to….

Great insights. Why change a winning concept when you’re happy and satisfied?


I’m my own boss now

This story is the other way around than the previous one. A Project Manager I met at a lunch meeting.  This guy has a lot of energy, and I can see why he’s successful. He briefly told me his story.

He used to be employed by a consultant firm, where his consultant managers find his new assignments (both long and short ones). Of course, not all assignments can therefore be challenging and fun. The focus of course for the consultant manager is to decrease the time having a consultant on the “bench”. He used to be fine with this setup.

What happened next was that the company went through a major re-organization. The smaller firm he was used to had in a way lost his sole. And now the owners where focusing (at least that his feeling) on reducing costs and increase their margins. The new managers didn’t have the time to focus on getting to know him, since their main interest was on findin g new assignments. After a few really boring tasks, and bad salary reviews, he took the decision to become his own boss, and join the Gig economy with no hesitation.

He knew he would succeed, both due to his skills and his former network. He could find his first client really fast, and really enjoyed this gig. All good comes to an end, and he had to find a new gig since the contract expired.

His contract at his first client expired on a Friday, and the next Monday he had a new gig and his second client. Good job. During this time I met him. Of course I had to ask, aren’t you missing your old employment?

NO! Now I can choose wherever, whenever, and when I want to do what I like to do (the gig economy dream). If I want to go on holiday for let’s say 10 weeks per year, I´ll do it and no-one can do anything about it. Of course I have to make sure that the project is still running without me, and that I save enough money so I can pay my bills when I don’t work that much. For me the gig economy is the true definition of work-life balance. I’ve always been eager to learn new stuff, and this I still have to do to stay relevant. And you know what, I like it!


Thanks for getting to know you guys. True inspirations.

Which one of these for gig personas are you? No matter if your story is different or not, please share it.

Gigged: The End of the Job and the Future of Work

During my vacation I’ve started to read Sarah Kessler’s book “Gigged: The End of the Job and the Future of Work” on my Kindle. I’m not done with it while writing this, but I’m really fascinated.

The full-time job is disappearing―is landing the right gig the new American Dream?

One in three American workers is now a freelancer. This “gig economy”―one that provides neither the guarantee of steady hours nor benefits―emerged out of the digital era and has revolutionized the way we do business. High-profile tech start-ups such as Uber and Airbnb are constantly making headlines for the disruption they cause to the industries they overturn. But what are the effects of this disruption, from Wall Street down to Main Street? What challenges do employees and job-seekers face at every level of professional experience?

In the tradition of the great business narratives of our time, Gigged offers deeply-sourced, up-close-and-personal accounts of our new economy. From the computer programmer who chooses exactly which hours he works each week, to the Uber driver who starts a union, to the charity worker who believes freelance gigs might just transform a declining rural town, journalist Sarah Kessler follows a wide range of individuals from across the country to provide a nuanced look at how the gig economy is playing out in real-time.

Kessler wades through the hype and hyperbole to tackle the big questions: What does the future of work look like? Will the millennial generation do as well their parents? How can we all find meaningful, well-paid work?

I can highly recommend this book. Really interesting. I totally agree with the praises:

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Do you have similar stories that you read about in the book? Then please share them.

Data Scientists, the answer to everything?

During the past weeks I’ve been reading several articles stating that the competence of a Data Scientist is one the most wanted and needed competences, at least in the near future. We’re living in a tech and data driven society so maybe its not that strange after all, that “everyone” needs a data scientist.

Just have a look at IBM’s predictions:

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Do you know what they do? Let’s have a short explanation:

So maybe they are the answer to everything, if each one of us are supposed to understand data? Or for us to be able to start to work on processed data directly? Needed YES, but maybe not as powerful as the answer 42 is to the Universe….And of course, everyone can’t just be a data scientist, other skills are still needed.

Are you a Data scientist? Then please share your story.

The different types of remote work

My first guest on the blog 🙂 Kathryn Casna who made a job for the content marketing bureau Gherigich, when both writing an article and producing some really nice infographics to Salesforce Canada.

Kathryn:

If there’s one thing that’s true, it’s that technology has completely revolutionized our world at home and at work. Our ability to connect, the machines and the ways that allow those connections, has allowed us to establish broader communities for our personal and our work lives. And that has immediate and wide-ranging impacts for an important aspect of our days: where we work.

Technology and tools have allowed more and more people to skip the traditional workspace setup of going into an office every day in favor of working remotely, even some of the time. That ability is creating what some are calling digital nomads: people who are able to complete
their jobs, either some or all of the time, by being online and off site. And the increasing reliance on technology by more people and more companies is promising to ensure more digital nomads in the coming years. What does this mean for everyone? This graphic explains it.

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A New Kind of Employee: The Digital Nomad

Author Bio:
Kathryn Casna is a digital marketing and travel write from San Diego, California. Customer-facing retail, hospitality, and event production make up her professional roots. Today, she runs her own writing business  from whatever new locale she happens to be exploring.


Thanks for sharing your work Kathryn. I really appreciate it.

Are you a digital nomad or a remote worker pro that wants to share your story? Don’t wait, just share it 😉

Reasons why AI is not the BIGGEST threat to jobs (and more)

So I found a very good podcast episode (which I want to share with you). The Future of Work Podcast with Jacob Morgan:

“Director Of Stanford’s New Big Data Program Gives Insight Into The Gig Economy, Big Disruptions Coming In The Future Of Work, Reasons Why AI Is Not The Biggest Threat To Jobs And More”

Summary of the episode: Paul Oyer, Professor Economics at Stanford is sharing his thoughts of Future of Work.

He share his thoughts about AI, and that AI might be a threat to the future labor market, but not as the main threat of “mass job destruction”. AI comes in the 3rd place. And also that the gig economy is actually growing, and will be important. What really caught my attention was the following sentences from Professor Paul:

It’s very hard for people to recognize that what they used to do is no longer needed. It’s difficult then to go and get trained. People need to be open to training.

Enjoy listening to it, and the rest of the episodes.