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HBR Guides to Managing Your Career Collection (6 Books) by Harvard Business Review

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CHAPTER 17

Why You Should Have (at Least) Two Careers at the Same Time

by Kabir Sehgal

It’s not uncommon to meet a lawyer who’d like to work in renewable energy, an app developer who’d like to write a novel, or an editor who fantasizes about becoming a landscape designer. Maybe you, too, dream about switching to a career that’s drastically different from your current one. But you don’t actually make the leap for a variety of reasons.

The answer isn’t to plug away at your current job. I think the answer is to do both. Two careers are better than one. And by committing to two careers, you’ll experience the benefits of both.

In my case, I have four vocations: I’m a corporate strategist at a Fortune 500 company, a U.S. Navy Reserve officer, the author ...

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