I saw the following graphic and it struck me as being a very smart way to look at one's career and potentially do some "life/career-mapping". There have been many articles written about whether contracting is right for you, including many independent contracting-related posts on the Talent Development Centre. It seems to me, this graphic from linpernille.com captures the gist of it:
The “gig economy” is common fodder for news, blogs and posts. Staffing Industry Analysts estimates a 6% growth this year and another 6% next year, with the participation rate (in the USA) being 31% due primarily to the growing number of people who have side jobs and businesses. And, if you are reading this, there is a strong likelihood that you fall somewhere on the spectrum of Gig Workers.
If you are feeling content and comfortable contracting or completing temporary work, it is likely that you are hitting on all three aspects shown: you are good at what you do, you enjoy doing it and there is someone pleased to be paying you for your efforts. It’s like a 3-legged stool — you need all three legs for it to work; so, if you feel that something is amiss, then perhaps this diagram can help you find what is wrong.
Additionally the website,The Muse suggests 4 steps that may help you find your way forward (there’s many websites with advice on the subject): Pinpoint the issue, get a new perspective, reflect on your growth/accomplishments, and know that it is ok to move on.
It’s important for your long-term personal wellbeing and mental health to find a career that interests and energizes you (not to mention one that puts food on the table!). The Gig economy is growing and offers many opportunities for personal and professional growth, but it isn’t for everyone. Knowing what’s right for you is the first step to charting your course and braving the open waters that is the job market. – Happy sailing!