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What are some side hustles I can do? ?
Jia Ni Toh
Jia Ni Toh
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Answered on 30 Jul 2019
Great question. I've researched this area myself. It's good to start looking into whether you have a hobby or skill that you can use to make money, as GrabFood would leave you exhausted and isn't particularly well paid. If you're a musician, look into playing at weddings, bars, etc. This involves cultivating contacts and building a web presence and marketing yourself on social media. But the process of learning how to self-promote on Twitter etc is also extremely valuable. Can you write? If yes, figure out what sort of writing suits you best and do it freelance. I've also seen many talented artists selling their webcomics, and I have bought from some of these people. This also involves self-promotion, and if you sell physical copies, you have to deal with the printers and with mailing the work out. Lastly, before you think its impossible to make any money out of art, look at this article: https://kk.org/thetechnium/1000-true-fans/. It's a theory that says you only need 1000 true fans to make a living with your art. Since you're just looking for a sideline, maybe 500 would satisfy you?
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Should I make a career switch from construction to IT?
Jia Ni Toh
Jia Ni Toh
Level 2. Rookie
Updated on 30 Jul 2019
I don't think you sound materialistic. You sound rational. Since both your current job and the graduate programme both offer the same financial rewards (regarding salary and bonus), then you're asking about career progression and potential growth in earnings. And you have picked a good time to consider a career switch, because you sound quite young (still in your twenties). Since you didn't provide many details about your current job and the IT graduate programme, I'm just going to point out that your current construction job gives you 4K a month after two years of work experience, whereas this entry-level graduate programme gives you the same amount. So if you're looking for growth in salary, and if you find construction engineering and IT equally easy, then you have nothing to lose by going for the IT job. Perhaps the bigger problem is that you've already said, you aren't interested in either of these career paths. I would question why you're focused on getting jobs in fields that don't interest you. However, Cal Newport has written about why you shouldn't select a career based on passion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIMu1PGbG-0, and since he's very successful, lets follow him on his advice instead. I'd reccommend that you take the IT job, try to change your expectations of your work. I'm confident you can do this thing, and eventually you will find satisfaction in your job.
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