Have you ever thought of throwing in your current job in the search of a less-stressful, more meaningful career? If so, you’re not the only one. In fact the trend is becoming so popular that it’s even been given its own name – zenployment.
The term “zenployment” is used to describe stress-less employment that allows one to pursue their passions. Positions can be:
- a chance to start a new business
- working for someone else
Preferably the new position allows for indulgence in dreams and interests. Of course what this means to you is entirely dependent on your unique passions, goals and values. Generally however, zenployment focuses less on money and more on fulfillment, with creative pursuits and helping others high on the list.
Here are three ideas to help get your creative juices flowing:
When it comes to job satisfaction, helping women bring their babies into the world must be pretty high on the list!
After all, there aren’t many more important moments in most people’s lives than the birth of their children and a ‘doula‘ can play a huge role in making sure it’s a positive experience for the woman.
Doulas offer emotional and physical support to women during childbirth. Unlike, midwives or obstetricians they do not play a medical role but rather act to ensure the experience is natural and empowering for the woman. This can include massage, verbal guidance, suggesting labour positions and advocacy for the woman to help ensure her birth plan is carried out without any unnecessary interventions. After birth a doula can also provide breastfeeding support
Doulas are trained in birth and birth support and have been shown to provide significant benefits for the family including:
- 50% fewer caesarians
- 60% fewer requests for epidurals
- 30% reduction in use of pain medications
- increased rates of breastfeeding and decreased rates of depression and anxiety six weeks post partum
Do you spend your free time searching interior design blogs, looking at beautiful homes on Pinterest and watching home makeover shows?
If so, interior design could be a great zenployment career opportunity! Allowing you to work for yourself, you get to indulge your passion for design and help people turn their house into a ‘home’.
Interior design involves working with clients to plan and supervise the design, construction or redevelopment of their space. It requires a strong understanding of:
- spatial organisation
- design trends
- building construction
As such, interior design attracts people with:
- creative flair
- good problem-solving skills
- an aptitude for drawing or illustration
- great communication skills are also essential to build good relationships with clients, architects and suppliers
You can read about studying interior design online or on campus at a private college, TAFE or university.
When it comes to career zen, aromatherapy is way up there with teaching yoga in terms relaxation, calm and helping others.
Aromatherapists use plant extracts, known as essentials oils, to improve a client’s health and wellbeing. Their role involves working with the client to get an understanding of their overall health and case history. This assists in choosing the correct essential oils, blending them and applying them directly to the client through massage or inhalation.
Aromatherapy can be used to relieve a variety of conditions including:
- stress and anxiety
- skin conditions
- chronic pain
- weight management
- palliative care
As a career, aromatherapy usually attracts people who are calm and caring, have empathy and good listening skills, an interest in botany and plants and a desire to help others.
There are plenty of courses to study aromatherapy in Australia either online or on campus. Once qualified, you will have quite a lot of job flexibility and can either be self-employed or work in a spa, hotel, holistic health centre, clinic or hospice.
These are just a few of the thousands of careers available for people seeking zenployment.
So if you are one of the many people around the world considering a career change to something you find less stressful and more meaningful, check out our list of available courses for inspiration.