Opinion Article

Multi-career professionals will be the new trend


Adriana Foger, project manager/PMO at Adentis, wrote an article in Human Resources about organizations and multi-career.

With the influence of technology increasingly present in our lives, where access to information is instantaneous, the world view has expanded to new generations – the so-called digital natives. The constant search for self-development and having a sense of purpose as an additional element in decision-making are factors that guide how we live today.

These generations, known as Millennials and Gen Z, have influenced my generation, Gen X, and so we continue in this ocean of discoveries and thirst to find our mission, how to act now, and contribute to the future.

I believe that the pandemic has boosted this new trend, as it has invited us to reassess our values and what we want to do with our lives. Possibly because we have realized, in a global way, that life is shorter than we thought. Probably because we had the chance to turn off the automatic mode control, stop for a while and reflect on what direction we wanted to take our lives.

We are in the era of self-knowledge, empathy, and the feminine. I don't say feminine to exclude men. I say feminine energy, the energy present in all of us. The energy of deep introspective observation and also seeing the other. The energy of collaboration, where we work together in pursuit of a common purpose.

And with this era also comes the multi-career movement, where we can develop new skills and strengthen the ones that we already have. In addition to its continuous development, satisfaction is achieved more quickly, resulting in increased personal and professional productivity.

With this shift in people's ways of thinking and acting, the tendency is for everyone to win. The companies for having more versatile, motivated, and probably more experienced professionals. And professionals make more conscious decisions that are more aligned with their interests because they believe they have more control over their lives. Companies that perceive this movement, support their professionals and increasingly invest in training in the field of personal development.

The consequence of this is greater than an advance in soft-skills development, easily applicable in multiple careers. It promotes the empowerment of human beings and brings out the human side of each one.

When we talk about multi-career professionals, we talk more and more about people who professionalize their hobbies and promote them to a career or some form of personal identification. A reflection of this is what we see in LinkedIn headlines. If before the title of each profile was presented simply as the profession and nothing else, today we see broader examples that encompass mission, interests, etc.

Some time ago, I read something like "Empowering people to change their lives" in the headline of a Human Resources Director. I also see more and more people making it clear that in addition to their main career, they are also authors, writers, educators, speakers, mentors, coaches…

But how can we have multiple careers within the same 24 hours of our day? How can we make a difference in the world, and realistically leave our legacy without wanting to embrace more than we can? These are pertinent questions, and this is where many people get lost along the way. What is crucial for this journey to succeed?

I would say that managing time effectively is the key to success. And this includes knowing how to prioritize and organize your day.

For effective management of your most important asset, which is time, I suggest that we plan today, and to plan, it is necessary to define objectives first.

In the agile world, I would say that four months is an interesting timeframe to create projects based on your goals.

And for everything to go well along the way, having discipline and responsibility are fundamental factors for a successful result. Especially if your reality is to work independently. In the home office model, having a planned routine that fits your goals helps you maintain discipline and escape distractions.

Time management is strongly linked to productivity. And what is being productive?

It's about doing more in less time. And this is different from always being busy. It's having time to pause, empty your mind, and focus on your next project.

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