Is your job different from what you want to pursue as a career? Are you worried about sacrificing parts of yourself if you focus on just one career?
When Wanjiru was taking her degree in Economics, she realized her passion was in the fashion industry. She decided to start her own YouTube channel, where she talked about her love for fashion and giving tips to individuals on matters fashion. After she graduated, it was clear that Economics was not the career path she wanted to take.
However, as she was not getting any wages from her YouTube channel, she decided to look for a job full-time, and pursue her passion on the side.
Five years down the line, she is gaining popularity in the online space and has gotten to work with major brands such as Coca-Cola and Revlon, through her videos.
To balance between her passion and her job, she had to give up working full-time, for a part-time role within the company.
Like Wanjiru, more professionals are moving beyond having just one career in their lifetime. Careers, like everything else in life, are not cast in stone. But even as you plan to use your youthful energies to figure out what truly makes your heart dance, there are a number of practical steps you will have to take to ensure that you do not become a jack of all trades and a master of none.
1. Invest in learning
Just like the career you took time studying for, do not allow yourself to be led by passion. Invest in learning about the additional career you want to take on.
Passion dictates what you can do, but it is skill that will make you excel in what you are passionate about. Take advantage of learning forums such as training workshops, master classes by industry experts, and free online courses.
Grow your knowledge and understanding of the area you are passionate about and excel in it.
2. Make sacrifices
As you think of the idea of building more than one career, remember that something will have to give. Your weekends may become busier, you may have to stay up late an extra hour every night reading, you may need to save an extra coin and even add two more years of studying for that Master’s degree.
At the end of the day, getting ahead means doing something out of the norm.
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3. Balance time
You may need to maximize the time that you have, for all the different goals that you want to achieve. There are sacrifices you will eventually need to make on the demands of your time. This is because you are faced with competing tasks that are equally important to you, but priority has to be given to one at a time.
4. Become good at multitasking
The brain is said to have high sensitivity to interference. While multitasking, it will be forced to stop and re-focus attention each time a task is switched, resulting in a loss of time.
Therefore, to successfully run more than one task, learn and nurture the skill of multitasking.
5. Recognize when you need rest
Apart from experiencing fatigue as you work continuously, you could easily become a workaholic too. You may not realize it when you become tired.
Prioritize your tasks and be disciplined about that, as this is the only way you will be able to accomplish all the tasks.
Learn to take breaks and make commitments that you can keep, to ensure that you do not experience burnout.
6. Understand and honour your patterns
When are you most productive? What times of the day are you able to accomplish specific tasks? When do you struggle?
Understanding your pattern will enable you not to spend too much time trying to apply yourself to work when your body is not in sync. This way, you will be able to work when you can function fully and enable you to eventually flow better with your different tasks.
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The changing career landscape has made it easier for one to make a career out of more than one job. However, it is a path that requires a lot of sacrifice and focus. The choice is all in yours.