When one job isn't enough

Updated 2017-03-22 09:31:04 China Daily

Zhou Huiquan starts work at the Chinese University of Hong Kong at 7:30 am. At the end of her work day, she spends three hours dancing ballet. Then, by the time most people would be crawling to bed, Zhou begins illustrating comics and working on her latest novel. She is rarely in bed before 1 am.

Zhou's schedule may seem exhausting to most people, who work from 9 am to 5 pm. But it reflects the lifestyles of an increasing number of young Chinese, who are choosing multiple careers not only to make ends meet but also because one job does not adequately express their interests.

People like Zhou who have created a “portfolio career”-in her case, “assistant professor/writer/illustrator/ballet dancer”-are also referred to as “slashers”, a term devised by U.S. writer Marci Alboher in her book One Person/Multiple Careers in 2007.

It has gradually become an identity marker among Western millennials.

The idea of having “slash careers” is now catching on in China. A 2015 survey of 6,000 office workers, conducted by Chinese recruiting website 51job.com, showed that 40 percent of respondents had more than one job at the same time.

Also in the News

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time
Showbiz2016/06/16 13:58January 20 2018 19:21:22

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time

Attending Shanghai International Film Festival, Nicole Kidman talks about her role in "Grace of Monaco".

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts
Also in the News2014/05/01 12:16January 20 2018 19:21:22

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'
Also in the News2014/04/18 13:18January 20 2018 19:21:22

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'

Hollywood star Johnny Depp's speech in the upcoming new film "Transcendence" has been disclosed on Friday, April 11th.

Most Watched

China World Business Sports Showbiz Audio
C4 My Chinese Life The Sound Stage China Revealed Showbiz Video Travel Video
China World Fun Travel Entertainment Sports
Beijing Shanghai Guangzhou
Live Music Opera & Classical Movies Traditional Shows Exhibitions
Learn Chinese:
Chinese Studio Living Chinese Everyday Chinese Just For Fun Chinese Culture Buzzwords