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02 | 7 Alternatives to Your Traditional 9 to 5 Gig

7 Alternatives to Your Traditional 9 to 5 Gig

You likely entered into your line of work to help change the lives of others but is the everyday routine of working 9 to 5 starting to wear on you? The 9 to 5 grind definitely isn’t for everyone.

In fact, it often becomes frustrating once you realize that you’re not truly fulfilled with your position in the health and wellness field.

If you know in your heart that this isn’t what you should be doing forever, it’s clear this isn’t your dream job. But how do you steer away from the only thing you know especially when you worked so hard to be exactly where you’re at?

Working for your employer and the industry is where you feel comfortable and secure. You have a regular salary, generous benefits, and your position offers a degree of prestige and respect from your peers. All in all, the security and the perks are wonderful but just not enough.

For all of you simply looking for an alternative, I’m here to help you delve into all the options. Together, we’ll explore all the creative career ideas for those of you seeking flexibility, personal fulfillment, a non-clinical job, or simply a better work-life balance.

Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of the 4 main alternatives…

1. Moving into a Different Sector


  • The change of scenery might re-ignite your passion for work again, especially if you’re working for a cause or on developing a product that you care about. You’ll have new exciting challenges that will elevate your learning and help you to develop new skills in a given area.

  • You’ll still have the familiarity and comfort with work that is similar to what you’re used to, so no need to form new work habits.

  • You’ll continue to have that regular (albeit potentially lower) salary coming into your bank account.


The advantages are also disadvantages! The familiarity and the comfort of keeping a lot of things the same may not solve the underlying problem and remove the frustrations you’ve been experiencing. You’re working the same amount, for less pay