How to Lead Parallel Careers

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Having one job is pretty exhausting. It drains all your energy, is very stressful and it can be extremely time-consuming, especially if you are trying to build a career. And as if one career wasn’t enough, many people take on two careers, which although admittedly a lot more difficult can be pretty rewarding.

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Lots of millennials are currently taking on two careers as they both want to make something out of themselves in the corporate world, but they also want to explore their talents or strike out on their own on the side, so they make the most of their weekends and evenings freelancing.

If you are dreaming of leading parallel careers but are dreading that you won’t be able to do it successfully, we are here to help. The guide below will lead you through the most important decisions you need to make while leading parallel careers and it will inspire you to give your all to both your careers.


1. Focus on One Career at a Time


It can be tempting to think that you can multitask and try to do both careers simultaneously and by that I mean dealing with tasks from your second career while doing your first job and vice versa, but that’s not wise.

Multitasking is actually bad for you as it does not allow your brain to focus on the task that it’s trying to do so it should be avoided at all costs. If you are trying to juggle tasks from both your jobs simultaneously your brain will not be able to cope with the amount of energy required and the results you produce will be average.

But, it’s also important to be ethical, so don’t try to do your freelance work while on the clock. Not only could you get fired from your day job if your boss catches you, but you could also be betraying your work ethic.

2. Set Separate Goals for Your Two Careers


Building a career requires setting goals, understanding where you want your career to take you and working towards that direction. When you have two careers, it’s just as important to set your goals and understand where you are going with each career. This is the first step towards achieving success in both your careers.

Leading parallel careers can take up a lot of your spare time, so it’s important to ask yourself whether you are planning to have two careers in the future, or if you are planning to abandon one career for the sake of the other. This will help you understand which career you need to focus on and which you should try to cultivate.

You should also make sure that you set your career milestones as this will help keep you on a path towards success. So if you are planning on leading both your careers in the future, it’s essential that you consider where you want each of your careers to take you in a few years’ time and what steps you should be taking to arrive there.

3. Strike a Balance Between the Two Careers

It’s important to understand that you won’t always be able to dedicate the same amount of energy or time to both your careers. There will be times when you will need to focus more on one career than the other, and there will be times when you won’t be able to focus on either of your two careers due to other emergencies. You shouldn’t allow this to stress you out however because successfully leading parallel careers does not mean that you will always be able to equally divide your time. You should understand that leading parallel careers is a balancing act, and this balance will need to shift from time to time in favour of one career over the other.

Having parallel careers requires time and energy, but you shouldn’t allow that to discourage you. Doing two things you love is admirable so take heart and commit to your parallel careers.

Do you lead parallel careers? Do you use any of the tips mentioned above? Your thoughts and comments below please...