Applying for Jobs? Try Inventing a Job Instead

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

A Brooklyn Job Fair (Spencer Platt/Getty)

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman recently wrote a piece highlighting the spirit of innovation that future generations will need to "find" jobs. In fact, finding jobs, he says, will be obsolete. He says the jobs of the future will be self-created and directed.

But what will these jobs look like? And how can an average person create these jobs for themselves?

Two people who’ve already invented their own jobs share their stories. And as they see it, you can do the same.

Sasha Laundy went from teaching physics and science to high school students to working in start-ups. She was the fourth employee of the educational tech start-up Code Academy, and is the founder of Women Who Code.

Gabe Johnson grew up in a depressed timber town, and worked in finance and start-ups before launching his own community space and branding company called Horses Cut Shop. His company is currently collaborating with Nordstorms to reprint real t-shirts from iconic family owned businesses, and giving the families a part of the proceeds.


Gabe Johnson and Sasha Laundy

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [4]

Idore Anschell from Seattle, Washington

Four 1/2 years ago, my stories did not win in writing contests, so I started one--"One Hundred Words or Fewer Writing Contest/Fiction." I presented new versions with prompts about every four months, and each garnered between 400 and 500 entries from all over the world. I ended the contest in July, 2012. It was a huge literary success!

Now I am looking for an agent or a publisher for my anthology of winning stories. The book will include an introduction and comments on winners by the best-selling author, Erica Bauermeister.

Apr. 02 2013 06:20 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

O.K. Here's a list of jobs I would like to do
1. Cone-vention...A convention for the best ice-cream
2. Dougnutrition -adding nutrition vitamins to greasy treats
3. Don't commit shoe-icide - a shoe store which comes with a quick evaluation of your feet by an in store podiatrist.
4. Sellathon - a twenty-four hour store. Every hour new items are brought in at discounted prices
5 Odditorium Amuse-em - some weird stuff novelty item museum

Apr. 02 2013 11:22 AM

Those of us who were laid off in later life have HAD TO invent our own jobs. Why work for someone else for $10 per hour when one can make more than that on our own. I'm a market gardener/farmer in the warm seasons and a sewing machine repairer/sewing teacher in the cold seasons. They don't pay well, but it's much better than working for someone else who doesn't pay well.

Apr. 02 2013 10:00 AM

"Try inventing a job instead" at a time when small businesses are tormented and punished with new punitive regulations by this administration everyday.

In other words "let them eat cake" while taxing and regulating sugar and flour.

Apr. 02 2013 09:39 AM

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