New study shows millennials, Generation Z’ers prefer “polywork”
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Florida (WJHG / WECP) – The pandemic has impacted many things, including the way Millennials and Generation Z are now choosing to do polywork. That’s when someone opts for multiple part-time jobs instead of one full-time job.
âEspecially after the quarantine, people are more eager to go out and do other things. So it’s like they went to the other side of the spectrum and did everything, âsaid Mia Salaveria of Panama City Beach.
A study by the social network âPolyworkâ shows that more than 70% say that the pandemic has accelerated the trend towards âmultiple jobsâ. The same data suggests that nearly two-thirds, or 64%, of young professionals are now polywork.
“I do this because I like to be busy,” said Alexia Good.
Alexia said she currently has two part-time jobs and had to give up her third. As Gen Z’er, Alexia prefers part-time to full-time because she is still a student.
“Having bosses as flexible as Lori and John here is wonderful and sticks to my schedule,” said Alexia.
Mia has three part-time jobs and also works at Coastal Casuals.
“It’s a lot of balancing and figuring out what’s priority right now,” Mia said.
Mia said she has three part-time jobs to avoid the burnout from working on a single full-time job.
“Because I have the feeling that when you have one, you have to be completely in it, but it’s good to change it,” said Mia.
While almost half of people admit that they would no longer do some type of work for their life, not all of them do.
âAt some point I have the feeling that I am more focused and know exactly what I want to do. But right now I think multiple jobs are the way to go, âsaid Mia.
Alexia said that when school starts again she plans to get a full-time job too.
“I’ll have to cut back on my job because of time constraints and everything else,” said Alexia.
Whether you think polyworking is the way to go or get a full-time job, people are proving they can overcome the adversity of the pandemic.
We asked Gulf Coast officials at CareerSource to comment on the study. You were not available for interviews on Tuesday. We also contacted the Gulf Coast State College career development officers but heard nothing.
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