The sad story of Ashley Newhall, presented by Staci Zaretsky on Abovethelaw.com, can have a happy ending. Newhall saddled herself with two degrees in the legal field and plenty of student loan debt. Currently she is working as a nanny. Here is the coverage from ATL.
But, hey, more and more of us, given the volatile global economy, get not only stuck but drowning in debt. (Here is my sad story from 2003, which includes six-figure debt Download Geezerguts) If lawyers like Newhall can do an internal paradigm shift from linear to leverage, they can cash just about any work experience into The Next.
For example, Newhall can figure out how to get into management at a nanny company or she can establish her own online screening and placement service for nannies. The concept can be extended to care-giving in general, such as for the disabled and aging. For eight years I lived in a senior complex. The place was crawling with caregivers.
One put in 80-hour weeks. On holidays she received everything from bonuses to coffee-shop gift cards. Her incentive for superior performance was paying off the $40,000 medical bill for clots in her lungs, not picked up by her medical insurance.
But the real money and power are with those who manage or own the placement services. One branch of a franchise was housed right in the complex.
The world is chock full of professional opportunity. To identify and exploit it we have to migrate from our own disappointment and bitterness about what didn't pan out as planned.