Have you ever had a second job in addition to your full-time gig? Or have you ever needed two or three jobs just to get by?
A recent article in The Japan Times discusses the increasing prevalence of the parallel career, pertaining to those “who hold multiple jobs or engage in various activities in addition to regular work.” In Japan, many millennials are choosing to reduce their hours at their regular job in order to pursue their passions and make extra money on the side. Some companies are even encouraging their workers to do so, claiming that it increases morale and productivity in the workplace.
The nature of work itself has changed over the years, in part due to the recession of the past decade. It is no longer a sure bet to work for the same company one’s whole life, and that company in turn would give their workers full benefits and a pension. Instead, workers are “moonlighting” and taking on multiple part-time jobs to fulfill their needs. Monty Mumford for Forbes writes: “The changes in those nine years have been profound. The notion of the freelancer as an outsider, as somebody who is not trusted enough or somehow too flaky to be employed full-time, is now the Average Joe, leveraging his or her time by mixing and matching any number of gigs to bring in dollars and a living income.”
What do you think? Would you rather work one full-time job, or multiple part-time jobs?