Screen Shot 2014-12-08 at 2.42.26 PMGone 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.

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  • Love.tweet.joi

    This is fascinating. I’m a little jealous! Good for them. Common Gen X let’s join in. Show ’em how it’s done. Let’s be real, we work harder than they do. :)

    • Delia

      You guys may work ‘harder;, but we work smarter lol.
      I’m all for not doing one thing for the rest of my life as well.

    • Love.tweet.joi

      I knew that was coming :-) I was just joking.

    • Delia

      I know, same here

  • Glowbug21

    Career jugglers? Do you mean job hoppers? I’m a millennial and I’ve noticed that most people my age haven’t held a job longer than a year. I get tired of meeting people that are caterers/writers/personal trainers and alternate jobs every 6 to 8 months because they can’t keep a job. They always find an excuse to quit or they just get fired. I think job hopping is over rated; hell I want to be like my aunt and mom and retire in my 50’s. You can’t retire with a nice package if your moving from career to career every few months. Pft..

    • Raychelle

      Social Security probably won’t exist anymore by the time milennials reach retirement age sooo…

      Milennials are simply adjusting to the economy. Besides, I think having multiple careers/pursuits makes people interesting to say the least. It shows ambition and allows milennials to offer more to the positions that they hold.

    • Glowbug21

      Eh.. no I’m not talking about Social Security. .. I’m talking about having a 401k, IRA, pension plan, and a general long-term care plan. These are things that you cannot obtain from alternating jobs every 6 to 8 months; it takes time to build up those plans so that you can retire without having one foot in the grave and one out.

    • chanela

      a lot of jobs don’t even offer those anymore.

    • Glowbug21

      What companies are you referring to that do not offer those types of benefits?

      I mean, even Starbucks and Costco have a 401k plan. As a millennial I just feel like some millennials make up excuses as to why they are going from job to job.

  • Mikela123

    “Jack of all trades, Masters of …” you know the rest.

    • robertbubba2

      Nothing

      ha ha ha ha ha ha

  • G

    Given the ups and downs in the job market, given the still somewhat miserable employment picture . . . this’s pretty much what everyone does. You don’t have to be young to look for a better opportunity, in a miserable job market.