From one to five to five at once

As my kids edge towards career age, I’ve been thinking a lot about work. There’s a momentum that everyone entering or already in the workforce should think about as they prepare and pivot.

My parents generation often worked one or two jobs for their entire adult lives. My generation (I’m 50 now) work an average of five different jobs. Millennials work five jobs at the same time.

This might sound exhausting – five jobs at once? – but it’s really no harder, it’s just different. Millennials are (or must be) more entrepreneurial than previous generations. So five things at once could be a part time job, plus designing and writing or programming on the side, and crafting something they sell on the weekend. And probably working with some friends on a start up in the middle of all this.

People entering the workforce now are already multitasking genius’s, so it’s not a leap to pull off this kind of life. It’s normal. And the reality is, this is what it will take for many of them to find a fulfilling, sustainable work life.

I’ve already changed and followed the flow. I write books, I work in Hollywood on TV scripts and screenplays and producing projects, I design packaging and marketing material, and I’m working on two start up companies. Bonus, I’m more fulfilled than I’ve ever been. The shift from one job to five to doing five at once is challenging, exciting, and best of all – you’re always learning new things.

Where do you fall on this spectrum? I wonder if, even if you have one job, it’s really five. Today’s employers expect employees to have highly diverse skill sets. Listen up newbies! Be great at many things and you’ll fit into the new economy just fine.

1 Comment

  1. Rob the Hippie says:

    That’s deep, man. I’m 50, too!


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