Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The anti 9-to-5 movement

Tip of the Day: if one of your guilty pleasures is the Real Housewives of New Jersey, you have to check out Jay Mohr's blog entries. Too funny!

One of the articles that popped up in my Yahoo news feed the other day was about people making a living with multiple part-time jobs. The NY times article was a fascinating read for a number of reasons. Not only have I made my living with multiple part-time jobs on numerous occasions, but I have to admit that I almost prefer to work that way. And it appears I'm not alone, because the article touches on the growing trend for Gen Y'ers to prefer sampling with multiple careers.

Both of my parents have been in the same field (if not the same job) for pretty much my entire life. While I on the other hand have a resume that could rival Mr. Ryan Seacrest himself in variety and quantity. And I have to admit, I wouldn't want it any other way. All of my work experience has pushed me to think outside the box and be in a state of constant learning.

I think part of the reason I'm drawn to writing so much is not only is it an outlet for creativity, but it gives me something to work for professionally outside of my current career.

Maybe it is being born into (or at least relating with) a generation that's in constant contact via email, cell phone, Facebook, Twitter, and the like. But as a result of all this communication and motion, I get bored easily. Very easily. As a result I'm constantly looking to the future for new ways to get fulfillment in work and artistically.

Writing has been one of those ways.

And as the article suggests this can be both good and bad. Because it's easy to get distracted when things are hard and then it's almost a given you want to move onto the next job or activity.

But if you want anything great to happen, you have to rein yourself in and keep plugging away!

--Emily, Miss Habitual Job Seeker


DeenaML said...

Very interesting! I work with some PTers at the lib who have 2-3 PT jobs. Some would prefer a FT, others seem to enjoy the fast pace of moving from location to location!

Kate Fall said...

It's the truth Em. I love to move around, but it does get easy to get distracted when the going gets tough. I'm like you, though. Wait, I'm supposed to focus on ONE career?