Cassie Boorn says the way we look at employment needs to change.

Cassie Boorn says the way we look at employment needs to change.

“My feeling is that in the next 10 to 15 years you’ll have more and more people deriving an income from multiple jobs rather than one full-time job. It’s already happening in big cities,” said Boorn, a former Galva resident who developed Modern Thrive, an Internet company that helps people adapt to online careers.

“We all know that the path to building a successful career looks nothing like it did 10 years ago. Online platforms have created new career opportunities that never existed before,” she said.

To help steer more people in the central Illinois area toward those platforms, Boorn and Jennifer Daly, CEO of the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council, have developed free online career seminars that will be offered this month.

The first, creating a career working from home, will be presented at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Subsequent one-hour seminars cover how to be a freelance consultant and how to build a career working from home.

Register online at modernthrive.com/StayGP.

“Cassie was involved with our Startup Peoria programs and saw that we were working on providing resources to those displaced by the regional layoffs,” said Daly, whose office launched the work force development site www.MakeYourselfGP.org.

“She reached out to me to share some ideas of how we might collaborate. We were really interested in providing resources for those wanting to launch an online career or consulting business because those would be good options for someone who wanted to stay in the Peoria area but wasn’t able to find the ideal opportunity with another employer,” she said.

Daly doesn’t sugarcoat the fact that early retirements and layoffs at Caterpillar Inc. have had an impact on the central Illinois economy.

“It’s tough. Our region has become more diverse over the past few decades, but we’re still heavily reliant on the earthmoving industry,” she said.

“However, we have never experienced a time when it is easier to launch a business, become a consultant or work remotely,” said Daly.

For Boorn, 27, the Internet has allowed her to work from home almost since graduating from St. Ambrose University with a degree in philosophy.

“There was never a job I wanted to do,” said Boorn, a single mother with a 9-year-old son, referring to traditional jobs. Instead, Boorn found a job searching “mom blogs” for a New York ad agency while living in Galva.

She followed that with a stint working from home for Disney Interactive. After moving to Peoria, Boorn started a freelance consulting business.

Last spring, she launched Modern Thrive, a website that she says helps “you figure out what you should do with your life — then helps you find the path to get there.”

The site provides practical education for professionals through career coaching and workshops, said Boorn.

“Our goal is not to give you all of the answers, but to connect you with the people who might have them,” she said.

Boorn sees freelance opportunities as continuing to grow.

“There’s so much talent in the freelance world nowadays that companies are looking at that more,” she said.

But with more people seeking online employment, competition is stiffer, said Boorn.

“Companies can afford to be selective online, so it’s more important to know how to package yourself.”