Feature

Workplace

Why just one job?

Sean Aiken’s résumé is twice as long as most people’s, said Maura Judkis in U.S. News & World Report. The 26-year-old hasn’t held down a job for more than a week. “After graduating as valedictorian of his class from British Columbia’s Capilano College, Aiken decided to travel across North America to try 52 careers in 52 weeks.” Aiken has had fulfilling jobs (raising money for cancer) and bad jobs (picking cattails in a swamp). And he’s a little closer to knowing what he wants to do. “I want changing tasks, something with flexibility, something that doesn’t require me to be in an office all day.” He’s been chronicling his experiences on his Web site, Oneweekjob.com.

A growing number of professionals really are opting out of the traditional one-job track, said Toddi Gutner in The Wall Street Journal. As more companies roll out flexible work arrangements and hire specialists, it’s getting easier to be a “portfolio careerist.” Over the past couple of years, the number of people on dual career paths has doubled, according to John A. Challenger, president of outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. This “isn’t just about cobbling together a patchwork of freelance gigs.” It’s about nurturing distinct careers, whether they be doctor and marketing expert or “litigation consultant and cartoonist.” The idea is to keep your corporate gig and still have time to pursue your passion.

Recommended

Harris to visit DMZ amid nuclear threats from North Korea
Kamala Harris
High tension

Harris to visit DMZ amid nuclear threats from North Korea

Chess champion Magnus Carlsen accuses rival Hans Niemann of cheating
Magnus Carlsen
above board?

Chess champion Magnus Carlsen accuses rival Hans Niemann of cheating

'Unprecedented' underwater leaks reported in Nord Stream gas pipeline
gas leaking at Nord Stream 2
eyes emoji

'Unprecedented' underwater leaks reported in Nord Stream gas pipeline

Returning the Crown Jewels
Queen Elizabeth.
Briefing

Returning the Crown Jewels

Most Popular

7 toons about DeSantis and Abbott's migrant relocation
Political Cartoon.
Feature

7 toons about DeSantis and Abbott's migrant relocation

New Pacific island forms after underwater volcano erupts
Home Reef Erupts
Speed Reads

New Pacific island forms after underwater volcano erupts

Arizona judge bans abortion statewide by reinstating 1864 law
Pro-choice rally in Tucson
Abortion Fights

Arizona judge bans abortion statewide by reinstating 1864 law