Genre: Non-Fiction, Career, Personal Development

Publication Date: April 2020 (US)

In The Multi-Hyphen Life, Emma Gannon’s tackles what it means to have a portfolio career in the digital age. She defines it as balancing multiple income streams while making sure that you don’t become extinct in a workplace that is changing at lightning speed. She says, “The Multi-Hyphen Life is about taking control; harnessing multiple skills and housing them under one career roof.” This is not a novel concept as it was introduced by management guru Charles Handy in the book, The Empty Raincoat; it has been gaining momentum over the last decade with the rapid rise of technology and teleworking.

As a fellow millennial, I appreciated her thoughts on being a “slashie” and to let go of thinking that my job is my life, my identity and worth. I was encouraged that it is not too late to have the courage and acquire the tools to make moves on the side without risking financial stability. One of my favourite paragraphs was:

YOU CAN BE A MULTI-HYPHENATE AND…

  • have totally different interdisciplinary careers. They can look dissimilar on the surface but complement each other in interesting ways.
  • still be an expert in one or more areas even if you have multiple interests or hyphens to your job title.
  • not be overly ambitious! Having a multi-hyphenate career isn’t always about being the best or being the hardest hustler. It is about having a cocktail of projects and work that makes you feel satisfied and driven.
  • still maintain a successful day job or part-time job, with career strands on the side. The beauty of this lifestyle is you don’t have to pick just one way of working.

While the content is not new, I believe that this will be a worthy read right now when the world is grappling with the nature of work during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. It will help people to embrace diverse professional identities while still put food on the table.

Editor’s Note: I received this as an eARC from Andrew McNeels Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Photo Credit: Netgalley

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