A Second Job to Train for a New Career

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A second job is a great way to begin your transition from a job you hate, into a new career that you love. Whether you want to work in a new industry or start your own business, a second job will help you earn the money you need to transition, and can teach you valuable skills that will help you in your new career.

Why consider a second job in the first place?

  • Money: When it comes to a second career, adequate funds are a critical part of your transition; the extra money from working a second job allows you to save money for your transition into a new career, especially if you are starting your own business.
  • Use of talent: A second job is the perfect outlet for your unused talents and strengths. Your current 9-5 might pay the bills, but it’s hardly fulfilling. A second job gives you an outlet for your personal hobbies and passions, and that makes your main job much more bearable.
  • Learn new skills: A second job is a great way to learn new skills and develop existing ones. Broadening your skills set can only help you transition into a new career.

How to make two jobs work for you.

  • Put time (and organization) on your side: Nearly eight percent of Americans work multiple jobs, so you’re not alone in trying to juggle it all. In order to be successful, you have to manage time, delegate responsibility and drop some activities you did in what was your free time.
  • Make play work: Your second job and leisure time can intersect. If you enjoy the local social scene, work in a bar and learn the hospitality industry. Your athletic ability is handy for part-time work in a bike shop, athletic apparel store or a golf course pro shop. If you’re an artist with graphic design skills, put them to work in the freelance world.
  • Don’t forget your support network: Your family and friends are your best cheering section, don’t forget to set aside some time for them in your extra tight schedule.

How to grow second jobs into new careers.

  • Intern, barter or volunteer at a second job: A willingness to learn while you work for free or trade skills signifies dedication. It also allows you to network with key people in your industry, and gives you relevant experience to put on your resume.
  • Volunteer: Volunteering with your family at a local charity that’s relevant to your future career can be a great way to bolster your resume, while also spending some quality time with people you care about.
  • Set a goal and get going: You want to get out of debt, make an impact on hunger in your community, or find an avid audience for your ideas? Set a goal and then get to it! You won’t be able to transition into a new career without some hard work. Set some goals so you can see your progress and don’t forget to celebrate your victories.

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