Gone are the days of the standard 9 to 5 trajectory. Mom and dad would come home after a hard day’s work and try to gather up enough energy to tackle the next day’s tasks.
We are now living in a world where you can close business deals and secure new opportunities while lounging on a beach chair. Social media, google docs, and reformed gadgets have given us permission to raise our expectations and expand our capabilities. For those joining the party late – millennials already received the memo and they are acting accordingly.
Of course it helps that they entered the job market at a time when there is a shift in the mindset of what a typical career entails. Most people are hustling because they have no choice. The shabby economy has given the general public the incentive to accommodate more than one job in order to meet their financial obligations.
But according to a piece in The New York Times, millennials are actively seeking to be career jugglers not because they need the extra money but because it provides a sense of fulfillment in their vast areas of interests. There is the sentiment that just being known for one profession is boring not to mention limiting. As Maxwell Hawes IV, 25, explains, “One thing for the rest of my life? Absolutely not”. “I can’t imagine what that would be.” Hawes currently puts in time at San Francisco technology firm while also nurturing his start-up.
It is now standard procedure to balance being a researcher at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and working as a specialized baker who caters high-profile events. Margaret Choo, 27, who majored in neuroscience and minored in art history, is the perfect prototype of this unconventional lifestyle that is rapidly becoming the norm for her generation. She was inspired by Live in the Grey, an organization that helps to provide the blueprint for young people who are looking to diversify their portfolio by incorporating their regular jobs with the passionate pursuits. “It addresses a lot of the multifaceted lives that millennials tend to lead”. “There’s so much to get inspired by, there’s so much to take on”.
Well, if anyone has the energy to keep up it’s definitely energized and ambitious millennials.