Do you love your job? Or does it feel routinary like running in circles? Sometimes we might even ask, is there more to life than this? It’s quite an existential question.
Finding meaning and purpose is truly a lifelong journey. But did you know that there’s an option to chase what we want while not having regrets? With the onset of remote working, more and more people are embracing multiple careers.
And if you’re in the Philippines, the freed-up time from just commuting can mean more time for your family or the passion projects you want to explore.
With this in mind, do you stick with one or have multiple careers? Here are 7 practical reasons why you should have (at least) 2 careers.
Almost everyone wants some extra money. You can ask for a raise. But in these trying times, not all businesses can afford to do that. And if they can, you can’t really ask for a 50-100% increase in your salary, right?
Why not give yourself your own raise? When you are working in two careers, it’s possible to increase your income without anyone dictating it. It can even scale equal to or higher than your current salary.
It pays to have more than one career for your income, literally.
But not every career is always at its high. Some “stable” ones can change overnight. Just look at what happened during the pandemic.
Your source of income might be robust today. But we will never know what will happen in the future. Having more than 2 careers mitigates that risk.
If your other career is in peril, you still have another one to bank on.
Widening Your Worldview
Every field is different. It pays to be experts in our industry. But careers are seldom standalone. There’s a level of interconnectedness between disciplines. Are you allowed to explore these differences in just your role today? I doubt it.
If you have multiple careers, you can expand your horizons and widen your worldview. It allows creativity to solve problems using interdisciplinary principles.
For example, you are a graphic designer who wants fancy websites file-heavy websites. If you decided to become an SEO analyst on the side, you will understand why it’s not the best practice.
Websites need to load fast for retention. Most people leave a website after 3 seconds. And file-heavy websites will have slower loading times.
You want website traffic, not just website creativity. So having knowledge by immersing yourself in different careers surely make you more valuable than the rest.
Expand Your Network
As the adage says, “Your network is your net worth.” Who you know will surely help you build a career or a business moving forward.
But when we are stuck in one career, it’s quite hard to know people outside our network. That’s why having multiple careers can expand your network to new heights. If you know enough people, opportunities will come to you even if you don’t ask for them. Wouldn’t that be nice?
Invest in Personal Growth
In a free market, we are paid based on the value we can give. Some companies offer continuous training for their employees. But, for example, you are a content writer. Can you really ask for training in other completely different fields like graphic design? Quite a low chance, right?
When you have different careers, you can invest in your personal development related to your field. For example, you can learn SEO management while being a writer to complement the services you can offer to your clients.
Subsidize Your Skill Development
What if your passion is wildly different from what you’re doing? For example, you are really passionate about pottery. No matter how you frame your request, it’s seldom that your skill development will be funded.
If you have multiple careers, you have a leeway to invest money in the things that matter most. It’s irrelevant if it can help the company. You have control over your time and money. And you can subsidize your skill development in fields that you are interested in.
Find Your Passion
Speaking of passion, not all our passions are profitable, especially if you’re just starting or building the skills first. You don’t want to drop everything for a passion that doesn’t pay. What if you have a family? Can you live with that uncertainty?
With multiple careers, you can have money to support all your necessities, plans, and find your passion afterwards. It can be fishing, pottery, painting, or even sky diving.
It will be tasking. But it’s a worthwhile sacrifice so that you can live your life to the fullest.
Want more than one career? Try out remote working! When you can save hours and money working from home, you can invest those hours in things you are passionate about. Experience the benefits of having a choice.
Check these opportunities and you might find the remote working job you’ve been dreaming of. Cheers!