Teamwork is great when done right, but maybe not for every one. There are quite a few people around who prefer to work alone and collaborate only when and as needed. From micro management to bad management, there are quite a few negative attributes that we come across in the usual workplace that many of us abhor.
No one likes to work in a stressful or oppressive work culture, so if you’re wondering how to get out of the grind and switch careers, here are four different options that you could switch to that don’t involve working in teams:
Take the skills you’ve picked up from working in the office and transfer them to a solo career. If you did something like writing technical documents, programming or even designing, then you could turn those skills into money by turning to freelancing.
It takes a long time to start up as a freelancer unless you strike gold and get a lucky opportunity, but there’s very little teamwork involved. All you do is get an assignment, do your job and then you get paid. It’s straightforward, there are no strings attached, and you don’t have to work with others no matter what you decide.
If you like driving long distances with the radio or a podcast playing in the background, then you’ll love the idea of becoming a truck driver. There are many solo truck driver jobs to be found and you don’t even need to have your own truck. You come into work, get an assignment, and you’re off on the road in solitude with no one to shout at you and no one to gloat to you. You might occasionally drive as part of a fleet, but that still doesn’t mean you have to directly communicate and work together with other people since you’ll still be driving your own truck.
Although being a mailman can be quite stressful due to the constant exposure to customers and dogs, it can be a fairly relaxing solo adventure during the mornings and evenings that you are out delivering parcels, packages and letters. Slip on a pair of earphones (make sure you can hear oncoming cars and barking dogs!) and then walk from house to house, apartment to apartment and trailer to trailer delivering the goods.
Unless you decide to pick a translation job that involves immediate translations in person, you can get away with being a translator in the comfort of your own home. It’s a bit like freelancing; you get an assignment, translate it, and then hand it back.
Professional translators are always in need because of how accessible it has become to communicate and deal with businesses and people that aren’t in your country. Someone from the United States can easily contact and make deals with people over in China, and if you have the language skills to translate between the two, you’ll have a steady stream of work that can be done on your own without a team.