The era of hybrid, flexible work has opened up a new kind of career path, one where the climb isn’t necessarily to the top. Used to be, the goal was to climb the career ladder: start in an entry-level position and travel in a single, vertical direction up the rungs to management, senior leadership, partnership, then maybe the C-suite.

Today, that mental image feels rigid, outdated even. In a newly hybrid, increasingly flexible world of work, the career landscape has changed: people with day jobs participate in the creator economy, and people outside of academia take sabbaticals as a way to reflect and recharge.

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