We are now a generation that have many passions. Our self value is not determined by our job title.
I was having dinner at a local Japanese restaurant recently with a crowd that I hardly knew. Naturally, as you do with people you just met, we broached the subject of work.
“I believe that we are a bi-vocational generation. Our generation are passionate about many things and we don’t have to limit our job to just one label.”
The phrase he used: bi-vocational generation, sums it up perfectly. A simple way of defining it is a generation with two or more “jobs”.
Is an early childhood teacher who sings a teacher, or is he a singer who teaches?
Is an engineer who DJs at weddings a DJ, or is he a DJ who happens to lay foundational work for buildings?
Is an accountant who loves to bake beautiful cupcakes a baker, or a baker who upkeeps finances?
A work colleague recently validated this idea.
“Guess what! I just got a second job!”
He went on to explain that he had gotten himself a second job in organising social charity events for a cricket club. The aspect he loved most about this: he was able to contribute back to the community.
Many of us want to do work that matters and give back to the community, have fun in the meantime and earn a decent wage to support ourselves. We must make smart choices about what we choose to dedicate our time towards.
I narrowed down the four things that make up your work: source of income, emotional fulfillment, personal achievement and social welfare.
Source of income: Make money to pay for our basic needs
Emotional fulfillment: Stems from having help contribute to the greater good of the world, a higher purpose than self
Personal achievement: Satisfaction from having pushed yourself beyond your comfort zone and perceived limits of fear
Social welfare: Giving back to the community and those in need
A select few are fortunate enough to have balanced all four in one job title. While we should always strive for this, the majority of us are still on the continual journey of self-discovery. We either have one job that caters to all four, or have four different responsibilities that each serves one purpose.
If your day job is your primary source of income but is not meeting your social welfare needs, you can start by volunteering at the local refugees organisation or start a side business, you never know what it might turn into.
What do you think of the four aspects of work that I outlined above? Do you agree?