Career Trends for Work-at-Home Jobs

The "New Economy," work-at-home jobs and major advances in education have completely changed career dynamics. Work-at-home jobs, or partially from-home jobs are now possible in many professions. This huge change to business models has transformed the employment market and redesigned basic career progression concepts.

Education and Work-at-Home Jobs

Career development is now at the discretion of individuals, not the career systems. In some academic areas, people as young as 14 are entering colleges fully qualified. A full suite of undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate degrees no longer needs to take over a decade.

Individuals may obtain multiple professional degrees, extensive experience and a much wider scope for career development when they work at home than if they worked in an office with a single-track job. The economics of working at home are far more efficient. In some cases, the daily savings in commuting and parking can contribute a fair amount of the cost of a second or third degree. If you previously had a long commute to the office, you can now use those same hours to complete the degree’s course elements.

The ability to multi-stream jobs, incomes, skills, qualifications and experience is an entirely new phenomenon, unparalleled in the industrial societies of the past. People can now even work multiple careers from home.  

Career Development Streams for Work-at-Home Jobs

Business streams: Work-at-home jobs present low financial risks, by conventional business standards. They permit business development from a very low cost base, which drastically improves profit margins. These bigger profit margins can translate into business expansion and development; hence they also relate to career development and progression.

Professional streams: Professionals in nearly all fields can use work-at-home jobs as sales portfolios for their expertise. The classic example is the professional consultant, able to work across several different jobs from home, at full consultancy rates. They can base their entire professional practice and their business overheads on a phone and a laptop.

Career development in these fields includes simultaneously progressing in terms of business development. Each job creates more opportunities and provides professional references. The higher profit margins and low costs can also provide for more qualifications and better price options to bid for contracts.

Mainstream employment careers: This sector is the area which benefits most from work-at-home jobs and the improved options for obtaining qualifications and experience. The old blue- and white-collar hours jobs have sometimes restrained large numbers of people from career development. Some people even consider these jobs to actually reduce productivity by preventing career development and therefore reducing work values.

Thanks to the flexibility of work-at-home jobs, some workers can now achieve more in terms of career development in a few years than they could have previously achieved in their entire working lives.