Slash careers: The workforce trend spreading across generations


Slash careers are a growing employee trend in Tennessee and across the country.

Many employees are finding themselves reworking a full-time career to add a variety of side hustles. 'Slash careers' are taking off, and why those working this way could be an employer’s dream candidate.

Bellevue resident Pam Case has three careers and keeps it all running with organization.

"My husband and I both have had multiple interests over the years in different things outside of our regular work," Case said. "We just didn't know that we could make money doing it."

She and her husband Joe work part time together marketing TV and films and work as radio personalities. She's also a medical receptionist in what's now called a "portfolio career" or "slash career."

"I think with the technology available and with people becoming more able to work remotely, you don't have to be two places during the workday to be effective," said Suzanne Sager, Lipscomb University.

Sager said this is a trend they're seeing more of at Lipscomb University; students and staff engaging in more than one career. In their opinion, that's a good thing.

Rob Touchstone works full time at Lipscomb University and juggles two other careers.

"People that can work and multitask well can bring a very diverse set of skills because they've worked in multiple areas," Touchstone said. "So it can be a real asset to an employer."

Most people in slash careers have a full-time job with benefits that they fit the rest around.

"To me, the key is they're not all silos," Touchstone said. "They're not all individual things. They all intersect."

It's passion building this career path; getting people out of the traditional way of thinking, making them happier with the time these employees spend at work.

"We are never bored. Ever," Case said.

Forbes Magazine said slash careers have become more mainstream as millennials enter the workforce.

Sager said Lipscomb University is seeing the trend spread among a few generations, including students returning to grad school.

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