I know that by reading this blog you are thinking, what on earth am I talking about with that title? Hippies? Well, hear me out for a second.
I worked in hospitality for many years and I remember having a conversation with a customer, let’s call him John, and he was talking about his career. John was an IT consultant, worked for a big company straight out of Uni for over a decade, hated it and missed out on a big chunk of his life. So he decided to go out on his own as a freelancer and began working only a couple hours a night. He became more focused and the resulting work he produced was of immaculate quality. His stock began to rise and demand for his services increased. He was soon earning enough to cover his daily expenses and live a comfortable life.
What struck me the most then, was John saying something along the lines – “I went from a Fat Cat, to a hippie”. And just like Andy Dufresne in the Shawshank redemption, he “crawled through a river of s*** and came out clean on the other side”.
To me, working a couple of hours a night wherever he wanted seemed like a pretty good deal, but was he really a hippie?
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The Hippie Movement
The hippie movement was created by people who wanted to stand up against ‘the man’ as ‘the man’ created the rules that dictate how we live our lives. Rules such as a how a work week starts at 9am on Monday and finishes at 5pm on Friday, that getting an education is the only way to living a good life and so on. They can be described as anti-establishment, aiming to live their lives according to their own rules, but more importantly, to live and enjoy with freedom.
As for Freelancers, they enjoy the flexibility that comes from not being bound to the nine-to-five work schedule, have the choice to choose when, what and for whom do they want to work for. They also have the freedom to work from wherever they want. This ability to be in control of their lives is very much similar to the principles that hippies live by.
With the rise in the number of freelancers and the contingent workforce, we could also be witnessing an emergence of the modern day hippie. So what does this mean for today’s Recruiters and Talent Leaders?
After struggling to decide where his future was going, Nicholas was tossing up between medicine, law, carpentry and just about everything in between. It wasn’t until a convincing voice turned him onto marketing and communications where he found his passion. Nicholas is a recent graduate from Swinburne University of Technology with a background in marketing and a passion for everything digital. Nicholas is a helping hand at ATC as the digital marketing and communications coordinator/editor. His keen eye for creativity is sometimes so far out of field he doesn’t even know where his going with his ideas, but manages to get there eventually.