“IT’S COMPLETELY POSSIBLE TO HAVE A LIFE WITH PLENTY OF VARIETY THAT ALSO PROVIDES STABILITY.” – EMILIE WAPNICK
Whichever term you favor, the meaning behind it is what’s important.
WHAT IS A MULTIPOTENTIALITE?
According to our guest (and coiner of the term), Emilie Wapnick, a multipotentialite is a person that doesn’t have “one true calling the way that specialists do.”
Emilie describes multipods as people with many paths that pursue all of them, either sequentially or simultaneously (or both).
A person with Multipotentiality “thrives on learning, exploring, and mastering new skills.” As innovators and problem solvers, the multi-passionate have the need to discover anything and everything to satisfy their curiosity.
While having the drive to learn new things and master new skills is a fantastic quality and strength to have while job searching, a lot of multi-passionate people struggle with finding a career that “fits” them because they have such a wide range of interests. This makes it hard to narrow down a specific career, since there are so many choices out there that they can thrive in and leaves them often asking “what do I want to be when I grow up.”
Is the struggle starting to make sense?
DO YOU FIND THAT YOU IDENTIFY AS A MULTIPOTENTIALITE NOW?
The secret in thriving as a multi-passionate, career-minded person, as we will outline below, is finding that sweet spot in the amount of variety a multipod needs in their career. As a Jack/Jill-of-All-Trades, you’ll have to pinpoint the intersection between your interests that will not only make you happy, but earn you money.
Emilie, a multipod herself, has studied and surveyed individuals that identify themselves as multi-passionate people and has outlined strategies that allow you to succeed in creating a career and a life that encompasses your many passions as a multipotentialite. If you want to hear more of Emilie’s story check out episode 103.
Let’s take a closer look at how a mulipotentialite can structure their work and position themselves to build a career by combining their interests.
WORK MODELS & STRATEGIES FOR THE MULTIPOTENTIALITE:
STRATEGY 1: GROUP HUG
The Group Hug approach to your career is defined by having a multifaceted job or business that allows you to wear many hats and shift between several domains.
This approach allows you to take your passions and do some research to find jobs that encompass your most-valued interests. You’ll want to look at starting a career in interdisciplinary fields like teaching, urban planning, or architecture.
If you’re struggling to find an interdisciplinary field that you’d enjoy on your own, another way to go about finding an industry you could succeed in is by doing a different kind of research, and finding where the multipods hang out and ask for their career advice.
Another great way to Group Hug your interests into one full-time career is to look for work at an open-minded organization, small businesses are usually a great place to start. If you get the chance to pitch a new job task outside your job description make sure to frame it in a way that the organization can see how it will benefit.
And if you aren’t able to combine your interests in your day job, you could always start a side hustle to work on your other passion projects!
STRATEGY 2: SLASH APPROACH
Thisapproach is a great work model for those multipotentiality if you have a lot of niche interests that don’t directly compliment one another.
To these folks with interests that distinctly differ, “part-time” jobs are the dream. That is, jobs that are intentionally part-time so it allows you to work in completely separate passions, as opposed to a handful of part-time jobs that you have just to pay the bills.
The Slash work model is a favorite among people that highly value freedom and flexibility in their career, consequently, the Slash approach does require a fair amount of self-direction, independence, and organizational skills.
Side-hustlers also fall in as the Slash careerist.
STRATEGY 3: EINSTEIN APPROACH
The Einstein approach is defined as having a full-time job or business that fully supports you financially, is mentally-simulating rather than mentally-exhausting, one that you thoroughly enjoy, and still leaves you with the time and energy to pursue your other passions on the side.
This is also referred to as having a “good enough job.” Your current job is good enough to pay your bills, while allowing you to explore other work on the side.
The Einstein model is enjoyable, fun, yet provides you with a challenge outside of your day job.
Side note: Are you wondering how people that use the Einstein approach find the extra time and energy to work on passion projects after working a full-day job?
As multipotentialites have such a variety of interests, many of them that effectively use the Einstein approach to fulfill their needs to work in their passions often times work on completely separate, yet enjoyable interests that utilize different parts of their brain, because it allows them to have the energy to work outside of their day jobs.
STRATEGY 4: PHOENIX APPROACH
Working in a single industry for several months or years, then shifting gears to start a new career in a new field is what the Phoenix approach to careers is all about.
If you’re angling towards the Phoenix approach and you’re ready to make your switch, an easy way to transition to another full-fledged career is to start to build something on the side because it will allow you to continue to grow it so you will a smooth transition when you’re ready to move onto the next career.
Speaking of transitioning careers, below are a few suggestions to make that move as easy as possible.
Don’t buy into the idea that [multipotentialites] are the ‘Jack-Of-All-Trades, Master-of-None.’ It’s totally possible to nail this stuff and thrive as a multipod.Emilie Wapnick
HOW TO CREATE A SMOOTH TRANSITION AS A MULTIPOTENTIALITE
- Reach out to your network connections and find people in the field you’re trying to get into
- Expand your network and go to more events
- Volunteer in a job or industry you’re interested in to gain experience
- “Free work” – Reach out to an organization, pitch the work you think needs to be done and outline how you would like to do that for free, as you continue to excell in the work you’re doing, pitch the idea of getting paid for the job
- Job shadow
- Get training
On top of that, remember to take note and emphasize your transferable skills in every job you pursue. Your career experience, no matter the industry, is valuable. The important part is being able to frame those transferable skills and strengths to benefit any organization that you plan on contacting.
I WANT MORE INFORMATION!
If you’re still running into roadblocks after following Emilie’s work approaches for multipotentialites or feel like you’re still missing a piece of your career puzzle, get in touch with our world-class career coaches and they will help guide you through your obstacles and provide you with the support you need to combine your passions into a career work plan!
Head on over to https://www.happentoyourcareer.com/coaching to find the career help you need.
Catch Emilie’s live presentation from this podcast below!
Remember, now that you’ve decided to do something about your current situation, you’ve already made progress. And, just because you’ve made a decision to move forward with one thing, doesn’t mean that you’re committed to it forever.
There is always a way to pivot.
Once you take action and do something different from what you’ve been doing, you’re already moving in the right direction.
Don’t rush your career change process. By doing that, you defeat the purpose of the time you’ve put into doing all of the soul-searching and goal-setting to find your next career move.
If you hit a road block and don’t know what to do next, don’t be too hard on yourself.
Big life change isn’t always a leisurely stroll in the park.
If you find that you need an extra push of support, we’ve got the resources for you. Check out the Career Change Bootcamp program as it was created to guide you to build a strong foundation in finding the right path to your next career.
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