The more stress professionals are under, usually the more time they invest in fantasy about less draining, more satisfying ways of making a living. Being a golf instructor may have been among the magical-thinking careers for lawyers. After all, you deal with sophisticated clients, are outdoors and do enjoy status since you know what they don't. Through giving private lessons you can earn plenty. Maybe, if you're good enough you could become coach to a brandname.
Now that fantasy is blown to bits.
Dick's Sporting Goods, which has been struggling as golf becomes less popular, is laying off 400 PGA Golf instructors. Here is the coverage by Sara Germano in The Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)
As are myriad outplacement agencies serving the legal sector, the PGA of America will be offering counseling to the laid off on how they can reinvent themselves.
What's the new fantasy? There are many dream career paths left, with the exception of being a founder of a tech startup that is bought by an established player.