Squiggly careers

While my course at George Brown College does not start until September, I am taking charge of my learning now.

Sarah Ellis and Helen Tupper are career development consultants who founded Amazing If. Their take is that careers should not go up a ladder – that is too limiting. Instead they opt for what they call a “squiggly” approach.

TEDx Helen Tupper and Sarah Ellis

I would argue that my career so far has been neither up a ladder or “squiggly”. Instead it has been flatlined – my day jobs have long been administrative and safe, working for libraries, government and schools. They never reflected my real life, be they consulting, public speaking, media presenting, and facilitating workshops – all opportunities to teach and reach people.

Who knows? Eventually Tupper and Ellis may have a place for me. Or better yet, I will create a place for myself.

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