A Penny for your Dreams

letter from the editor
Photo: Michèle Pauty

Ever heard the quote “Find a job that you love and you’ll never work a day of your life”? It’s Confucius. And in this case, I fear, the great man was full of it.

What if the profession I love is dying? What if no one’s looking for a blacksmith or a piano tuner? For a travel agent or, God forbid, a journalist? Even if I’m one of the lucky ones and the job I love survives automation, albeit in a different form. Or if it’s in high demand but I’m not good enough or, even worse, if I begin my dream job and realize it’s not for me?

Do I have to start over?

A recent LinkedIn study showed that millennials, those born after 1984, change jobs more often than Gen Xers, born 20 years earlier. Job-hopping today means more than just changing employers, often we change the industry or profession altogether. Perhaps it’s just that we don’t want to settle, that we want to make sure we’ve tried the best options out there.

Today, perhaps more than ever, we have reached the reign of the dream job. If we’re not with the one we love, we don’t have to learn to love the one we’re with. The dream can be an identity, a certain work culture, a better position, a higher salary, perhaps a location, or simply recognition.

For these five, the dream is lived every day: An anchorman, a ballerina, two veterinarians and an Oscar-winning director.

But dreams can quickly turn to nightmares if you’re plagued by job stress, explored in Science & Tech, often caused by making mistakes on the job. Startups, on the other hand, are encouraged to try things, make mistakes and not be afraid to fail. Working cheaply and flexibly during the early stages is paramount, making co-working spaces an increasingly popular option.

In Austria, the prevailing philosophy behind ideal employment has changed over the decades, from apprenticeships to public service and the barriers to joining the club. One club that seems well worth all the effort is the diplomatic corps, so we looked into how to become one and heard some good stories. We were also inspired by the entrepreneurial work being done in Africa, where the goal is not to disrupt tech markets but to enable social change.

Vienna is a dream come true to many and the city takes care of its own. In our City Life section, you’ll find the stories of people who left their nine-to-five to go into business for themselves.

We visited Vienna’s largest and most famous photo studio, Studio Weinper, to capture the moments no one sees, right before or after the shutter clicks.

Last but certainly not least, check out our local tips and the all-new City Guide without neglecting the events calendar of course with handpicked inspiration and entertainment for the seasoned metropolitan.

Spring might just show itself this month. If it does, give it a wave.  And you know,

don’t be a stranger,

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Margaret Childs is the CEO and Publisher of Metropole. Originally from New York, Vienna has been her home town since high school. She is a board member of AustrianStartups and actively supports entrepreneurs in their internationalization efforts. She is known for loving Vienna passionately, talking too fast and inhaling coffee like there's no tomorrow. She tweets @mtmchildsPhoto: Michèle Pauty