In recent years, we have seen the so-called slash lifestyle coming to the fore among the younger generation as the millennials seek multi-faceted career paths.
People with slash careers are those having multiple income streams simultaneously from different careers.
There is a notion that slashies are those who cannot find a full-time job, or people who are lazy and don’t bother taking up full-time work.
I disagree. There is no lack of full-time jobs in, for example, the catering and logistics industries. As as long as a youngster is willing to try, there are plenty of chances.
Labeling slashies as lazy isn’t fair either. Some slashies actually work even longer hours than those having ordinary 9-5 jobs. Some even have to be on call during weekends.
That said, I would advise slashies to be careful and not just become people who work on a number of part-time jobs.
A slashie should build a T-shaped career. That means one should develop deep knowledge in a certain profession, and then use that as a base to branch out to other cross-disciplines and cross-industry opportunities.
The old way of joining a big company for a secure, life-time job may be out of fashion.
This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on May 17
Translation by Julie Zhu
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