Directing Your Career to Work Around Your Personal Life

Different people have different attitudes about how their work life and their personal life should be balanced in relation to each other. Some people place a high degree of importance on hard work within a career context, but that might not apply to the values which you hold true. Instead, you might want to make your career work around your personal life.

There are several ways in which you can make this ideal a reality, and it’s simply about finding the rhythm that works best for you. Of course, the kind of work that you prefer and the structure you want your life to have been going to be factors that impact your choices going forward, but it’s good to know that you have options.

A Job with Flexibility

Perhaps all you want is to have a job that provides you with some degree of flexibility. This would mean that you aren’t beholden to the traditional, 9-5 structure of a traditional working day, and that bit of extra breathing room might allow you to feel altogether more relaxed. Of course, this might be the way that the winds are blowing, given that some countries are experimenting with adopting a shorter work week, so it might just be a matter of time.

For now, though, there are other options that might allow you to develop a structure to your life that you find more favorable. These might be jobs that you have you working from home, though this can put you behind a screen, which might not be what you’re looking for. Instead, you could look into shipping jobs, which can quote on the jobs that work for you, letting you customize your own career.

Examining Your Ambitions

Many people have dream careers or similar ambitions that they might put on hold at a certain point in their lives when they begin to realize that they have to make certain compromises in order to simply get by. Well, equally, there might come the point where you find that you can dust off these old ambitions and re-examine them. Maybe, you don’t want to engage with these ambitions in quite the same way that you once did, so maybe you can customize them to match the new you if you still feel that way. Then you can go about the process of getting into them.

Your Own Business

An approach that some people like to take is one where the career that they cultivate is one of their own design. The idea of going into business is something that has likely appealed to most people in one way or another, but the logistics of actually making it happen might be more difficult. If you feel like the lifestyle that this entails would suit you, it might be something worth examining. However, it’s important that you’re aware of what you’re getting into instead of imagining it to be a shortcut to success that will soon place you among equal lines of wealth as famous CEOs.


About the Author:

I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at

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