Date
18 October 2017
Ruth says freelancing a wide range of jobs is a way to build a portfolio of experiences. Photo: HKEJ
Ruth says freelancing a wide range of jobs is a way to build a portfolio of experiences. Photo: HKEJ

Why this master’s degree holder prefers a freelance job

Ruth has a master’s degree. Most people with her education will go for a full-time job and work their way up the corporate ladder.

But Ruth has taken a distinctly different path.

She has been taking short-term jobs in different industries such as catering and trade shows.

“The hourly rate is about HK$50 on average, the highest is about HK$100,” she told Hong Kong Economic Journal Monthly.

Rather than going for the money, she is doing freelance work for the experience.

Most people would worry about a resume filled with short-term employments, but Ruth sees this as her own way of building a portfolio.

“By working in various industries, I gain unique perspectives from each of them first-hand. I also get to meet different people.”

She hopes one day she can knit these experiences together into a more senior full-time job.

Although freelance jobs offer no fringe benefits, Ruth likes their flexibility.

“I can spend more time with my mother,” she said.

Also, there is much less workplace politics.

Ruth studied media management, so when she decides to end her explorations and settle down, she plans to pursue a media-related career.

With new innovative businesses such as Airbnb and Uber becoming hugely popular, anything is possible for people like her.

This is what keeps Ruth upbeat about her oddball approach.

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EJ Insight writer

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