Trying on a Slash Career
The humble “/” that for decades played second fiddle to the far more important and frequently used “?” on the keyboard, is the new bright star in the work world: it defines Slash Careers
Those who have a Slash Career are called “a Slash.” (I’m relieved: for one horrible moment I thought I was a Slasher!)
From my research, a Slash is someone with “mixed professional identity” who is unabashedly engaged in multiple careers simultaneously. Thus it would seem I am one: I fully enjoy both sides of my own slash: coach / airbnb host.
Other examples might include: Technician/Artist or Writer/Yoga Instructor.
In this great article which tells about lawyer, now author Marci Alboher, I particularly appreciate the thought: “the place that something occupies in your life – the paycheck, the gratifier, the giveback, the passion – is all up to you. In a slash career, you can control what goes where.”
What I’m pondering is this: Millennials are leading the charge with Slash Careers. I wonder if Boomers will be the next group to follow suit. There are many of us who are keen to become more self-aware, and live authentically. For some that will mean exploring, and using, natural strengths that have been waiting in the wings for many years.
Must run: I have new Work/Life Clarity content to develop…and chocolates to put on the freshly plumped pillows 🙂