This blog post is part of the “Making it Work” series, where we share the stories of professionals who are working flexibly.
Marnie, the Millenial
Millenials are well-studied and their anticipated impact on the workforce has been widely-publicized. Many articles share research and similar observations. “Millennials have a drastically different outlook on what they expect from their employment experience. Millennials are well educated, skilled in technology, very self-confident, able to multi-task, and have plenty of energy. They have high expectations for themselves, and prefer to work in teams, rather than as individuals. Millennials seek challenges, yet work life balance is of utmost importance to them.” (Source: Ivey Business Journal)
Marnie is a millenial. Desipte knowing her for many years, I have never asked her many questions about her career choices. I was impressed by the level of thought she has put into crafting a career that aligns so well with her core values. She also has enviable work-life balance that anyone (millenial or not) should pay attention to.
Marnie is currently working four (yes, FOUR!) part-time jobs. She considers one her primary job and the other three are her secondary jobs. Marnie balances her work schedule through open communication and discussion with her leaders at each of the workplaces. She doesn’t hide her jobs from the others. In fact, she openly shares her community-focus when in discussions with a new potential employer.
Her primary job is at Bike and Brew, Calgary’s original caffeinated bicycle and repair shop. She also helps out with deliveries and in the warehouse at Blackbird Cold Brew (where she is sometimes compensated in cold brew). She helps Seed (a local ethical clothing company) during their busy market seasons and also picks up shifts working at Raw Eatery + Market, a vegan restaurant. Common among the jobs are the following themes: they’re local, committed to quality, environmentally responsible, and community-minded. These themes are in perfect alignment with Marnie’s own personal values and she loves what she does. She has decided not to work for organizations that she doesn’t personally believe in.
Marnie found all of her recent jobs through Instagram by connecting with others who have values similar to her own.
The Pros and Cons
Marnie sees many benefits to her part-time jobs: she has time for the activities that she enjoys (yoga, running and biking) and is able to go to Castle Mountain for some skiing and R&R with her family every weekend in the winter. She believes that she is living a healthy, balanced life both at work and outside of work. One significant benefit, the one she calls the “shining light”, was her ability to spend time taking care of her Dad when his health changed last year. She doesn’t believe that she could have spent the same time if she was working in a traditional job.
Scheduling and planning are the biggest challenges for Marnie. She has to balance the work when there are overlapping busy seasons and also plan financially for the slower times.
Advice for Others
The one thing that Marnie wishes she had discovered earlier in her career is that “it’s not all about money”. She has built a lifestyle that is sustainable financially and time-wise. Marnie has found jobs and crafted a career that matches who she is and what she wants to do. She believes that others can do the same. Marnie shares the wisdom, “your job doesn’t have to be your hobby, but it should be something that you agree with”.
Marnie is making it work!
Are you interested in connecting with Marnie? Follow her on Instagram: @marnieeb
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