When it comes to career, do you ever feel like you’re trying to reach a place without ever reaching your destination? What if success was actually something completely different for each of us? You don’t have to choose one “job” or be good at just one thing.
The advantages and possibilities offered by the choice of a multi-faceted career are many. Those who choose this strategy are called multi-hyphenate (multi-dash), because their job title often contains several descriptions, separated by dashes (pizza maker-blogger-book author).
Being a multi-hyphenate means choosing and creating an attack plan, and having the freedom to undertake different projects, not to be cornered. It means choosing a lifestyle.
It means taking back some control.
Choosing a career like this means making sure you don’t become extinct in a world of work that is changing at the speed of light.
It means diversifying in order to be in the best position to have a long and fruitful career, especially in a period in which everything seems to be out of our control.
What is the correct definition of success?
The definition of the word success is often linked to the achievement of goals such as fame, wealth, etc. But now is the time to create our definition of success.
There are many different ways of living our life and making money. Having a multi-hyphenate career means having to create your own definition of success, without being able to make direct comparisons with others.
We are not forced to have one job for life. We are not forced to choose a single career and keep it there. Is success still what they always told us?
The common characteristics of the various generations
We are all the product of the environment and the economic circumstances in which we grow. The members of the various generations have characteristics in common.
THE SILENT GENERATION (1925-45) – Values shaped by War and Depression, they are very dedicated and risk-averse workers.
BABY BOOMERS (1943-64) – The first generation to get along economically better than their parents. They can fight to grab scarce resources, from education to jobs.
GEN X (1961-80) – The generation responsible for the “work / life balance” concept. They have more skills and are more independent of previous generations.
MILLENNIALS (1982-2004) – Also known as GEN Y, they are the first global generation. They adopted the technology when they were young, and are the best trained generation to date.
GEN Z (2000-2014) – They were born in a world already online, and will probably do jobs that have not yet been invented. They have new values, such as having a purpose in life and social activism.
Despite these large generational differences, the structure in the world of work has remained largely unchanged. Millennials have no historical memory of the “good old days” when the economy seemed more stable, so they are perfectly comfortable with the idea of starting something new from scratch.
Each generation is convinced that they are doing things the right way, but the main thing is this: we must look ahead and accept the current reality. Nostalgia is only needed if we can learn a lesson from the past and apply it to the future.
There have been major changes in trust in the authorities, in the type of skills needed, in the places from which we can work, in the culture of work in general.
The traditional system based on the organization chart that defines corporate roles is now often obsolete.
Having an activity outside of “traditional” work can prepare you to face the challenges that these changes will inevitably bring.
Move your idea of success to be multi-hyphenate
Adopting a multi-hyphenate approach means marrying your idea of success, and having different projects and different sources of parallel income. It’s not about having several jobs we hate, and struggling to make ends meet.
It is a question of choosing to dedicate ourselves to projects (hyphen, dashes) in which we believe, which we are passionate about, and which give us the economic tranquility that we need. After all, how many jobs are really “safe” nowadays? Many jobs will soon be replaced by machines, and the future is uncertain.
How can we pretend that the “fixed seat” is stable or secure?
It is clear that our work affects the way we perceive ourselves and our purpose in this life. How many of us identify with our job title? When we introduce ourselves to someone, we often try to use our title as a business card.
But how much can a simple title really say about us? A multi-hyphen description can give a clearer idea of who we are, and what we do.
We create our own brand. In the online world, each of us has its own brand, which we can use to be visible and capture the attention of potential customers / collaborators.
It is not just a matter of creating a brand, but of constantly maintaining it, of taking care of it and updating it.
Being ourselves, even at work, is fundamental. We cannot afford to lose the sense of who we are, otherwise work risks alienating us.
Find your work balance
We are in the midst of a battle against our fear of becoming irrelevant in a rapidly changing system. It is no surprise that exhaustion from work is a growing phenomenon. People fear that changing careers means starting over from scratch. But in the current landscape, a career change can simply take a little effort to learn something new.
For years we have glorified the concept of busy, committed, building the myth of the worker who never stops, who is always productive. But the reality is that nobody is productive in every minute they dedicate to work. Why not use this awareness to frame the way we understand productivity?