Multiple careers are not a new phenomenon, but their popularity is increasing with everyday. It is becoming the new medicine in today’s fast paced life. In lay man’s terms the concept of ‘multiple careers’ means professing two careers at the same time – one that gives you money but may or may not be your passion and the other is your passion, which may or may not be equally rewarding in terms of money.
Today when we talk about the concept of ‘Work-Life Balance’, in addition to a regulated lifestyle, multiple careers can be a great source of de-stressing. Since it is something that you are so passionate about, it brings out the real you which tends to get lost in the daily hectic schedule. It helps you take off the mask from your face rejenuvating you completely.
What’s more – these second career options can be your partners for life because generally, these careers do not come with a validity period. If you are good at it, you can profess them for your lifetime. For instance, while you can be a DJ at 25, you can make people dance to your music even when you are 60 or above if you are good at it.
Besides, they also come with an added advantage. While these second career options add to your regular income, they actually help you experiment with an alternative career, something that you love doing and then check the feasibility if you can make it your mainstream career. You can then probably retire from your stressful job much earlier than you would have done otherwise.
Multiple careers could be just anything – from painting to pottery, blogs to sports, astrology to being a handwriting analyst or DJing to managing events. While the options are endless, we take a look at some of the second career options that are becoming popular with the generation of today:
Visual Photography: Love looking through the lens and capturing special moments? If camera is your best friend, then Photography is definitely your passion. Look out for a course that can train you up whether you want to pursue it as a professional photographer or as a keen hobbyist. You will need to learn from the Foundations of Photography, through a variety of specialized courses and workshops in different photographic fields that should be intensely practical, with extensive hands-on experience, feedback and critical appraisal throughout the entire course.
DJing: Love grooving to the DJ music at a friend’s party or after a stressful day of work? Why not create your own mix? All this is possible if you learn the art of beat matching with hands-on training on some of the best equipments, getting acquainted with the current trends in Digital technology and learning how to manage music in a sequential and organized manner.
Sound Engineering: Sound Engineering forms the basis of the audio and music industry and the demands for trained professionals in this stream is only rising. Take up a course that has a curriculum that encompasses analog and digital recording, live show music production, and audio post-production for films, television, radio, animation, gaming and more and you are sure to make a name for yourself in the music and entertainment industry
Electronic Music Production: If you are looking to join the league of successful music producers, it is no longer a distant dream. All you need to do is learn right from the basics of audio – understanding the fundamentals of audio including frequency, amplitude, wavelength, wave theory and everything in audio physics to music theory and composition to recording arts with mixing techniques, multi track recording, and how to record different instruments.
Once you have identified the option and made your choice, the next important thing is to select the right institute to pursue the course. Now this can be a difficult one because since this is your second career option, you might not be at liberty to take up a regular, full-time course. Besides, most of these will be practical oriented, so might not have the correspondence option. Secondly, you will also not want to compromise on the course content. To add to it, the institute will have to be in the same city as well. Now getting a perfect combination of all these factors put together can really be a challenge. Hence, you will need to take baby steps in selecting the best possible source for coaching in the limitations that you may be surrounded with.
Whatever said and done, ‘multiple careers’ in today’s times can be really exciting and satisfying. Pursuing a second career will demand a little extra time and effort and some money from you but every bit of it will be worthwhile. So, go ahead and make your choice and the efforts you put in now will reap fruits for your lifetime.