Want Work? Solve a Problem!

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Dec 8, 2011 in , , | No Comments



“I reinvent myself every day”, claims Leif Hansen, founder of Shasta’s ski patrol.

Living in a rural community, such as Shasta County in Northern California, presents added difficulties when it comes to employment. But Leif and his wife Justi, go with the flow by finding opportunities where they can in their small town economy.

Leif now does solar installations besides his ski patrol duties in the winter months. Justi enjoyed climbing mountains and was a guide when she sought out advice on how to become self-employed. Going to her local JEDI Institute for Economic Development, she discovered her skills climbing mountains and leading people through the wilderness translated well into counseling others. She began working for JEDI, helping people change careers, or to become entrepreneurs.

Justi feels mountaineering enabled her to go beyond what she thought she could achieve–and that is good advice for those job seekers she counsels daily.

Today, experts suggest creating employment by “solving a problem”. Be creative, think outside of the box. Reinvent yourself in the process, as Leif and Justi did. Don’t limit your thinking only to what’s written on your degree.