Posted In Thoughtworks - By NitiN Kumar Jain On Thursday, November 20th, 2008 With 0 Comments

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Ever heard of the doctor who occasionally dons the hat of a DJ or and actor who runs an ad agency? In today’s swift-paced world, there are many people who successfully pursue dual professions. The act of working dual or handling multiple jobs, aptly termed as moonlighting is a trend that’s surely catching up.

Many people with full time jobs and high energy are keen to follow their passion without giving up their present job. People who are in one profession but know where their deeper interest lies are usually the ones to moonlight. Most people pursue a second career, which is usually a passion or a hobby, or it may be financially driven. Usually the first career choice in most cases is the result of academic qualification or opportunities and second is one’s hobby. It goes without saying that apart from monetary returns, pursuing two professions gives you greater job satisfaction.

Moonlighting Statistics

People working multiple jobs come from just about every demographic group — across all ages, races, genders, marital statuses, geographic locations, and education levels — from the very young to the highly educated.

Moonlighting requires a multi tasking time management and flawless balancing act and time management. Giving justice to both the professions is not a cakewalk. It not just about managing two careers but balancing your personal and professional life as well. And to be able to do that effectively, the biggest challenge is time management.

Knowing your priorities and effective delegation of activities surely helps. Delegation of work and trust is necessary when you know you can’t be present at all the places at the same time. Trust your support team’s decision and avoid questioning them. One needs to look at the long term objectives and take charge of things to achieve what you plan.

It isn’t as tough as it seems though there are times when it takes its toll. But if you enjoy the thrill of managing two extremely diverse jobs, everything will fall in place. A switching mechanism is quite helpful. The key is to take everything in your stride.

Any one who wants to dabble in two fields should focus on one thing at a time. When you are doing one job you should be able to give it your hundred percent. Being focused and organized help you to run things smoothly. Pursuing a career of choice is a meditation in itself if you put sincere efforts.

Strategies for surviving a second job:

  • Before you even consider looking for a second job, take the time to check your current employer’s policies about holding outside employment. Understand your reasons for taking a second job.
  • Consider a trial basis. Moonlighting in short doses; to accomplish some short-term goals usually works better than working multiple jobs for long stretches of time. (The majority of moonlighters are short-termers.)
  • Find a job that interests you. Perhaps your main job is a boring office job. Try something fun like being a tour guide or other more unusual job for your second one or start your own business.
  • Consider second jobs that are less stressful. If your first job is a pressure-cooker, find a second one that is relaxing to you, such as pet-sitting or tutoring.
  • Find jobs that are geographically close to each other or to your home. Your time will be limited enough without adding a long commute to your second job.
  • Reduce your load. If you are working multiple jobs, it’s probably time to cut some of those extracurricular activities.
  • Carve out significant time for others. You must find a way to schedule some time with your family and friends.

Know when it’s time to quit. Whether it’s when you reach your financial goal or when you are beginning to mentally or physically break down, you must reduce your load, though that does not necessarily mean quitting your second job (if it has become your new career passion).

“Begin by always EXPECTING good things to happen”

-Sudipa Sarkar