Are you a Jack of all trades?

By July 21, 2017Blog

Meet Jack…
A 35 year old husband and father of two.

Like most, Jack wakes up every morning and goes to his 8 to 5 desk job where he’s a Data Processor

Unlike most, who look forward to a relaxing evening of unwinding after a hard day’s work, Jack has opted for a long night of bartending at the local pub.

Jack is what is known as a “Slasher”.

Whether by choice or due to the harsh economic times which have shaken the country – there’s no denying that there has been a growing trend amongst the South African working class to take on multiple jobs, an act which has adopted the term “Slashing”.

From as far back as 2007, this rising trend, which was named after the typographic icon “/” (slash) to mould together job titles (such as Data Processor “slash” Bartender), “Slashing” has become somewhat of a norm for South Africans looking to supplement their main source of income.

This is done by either:

  • Taking on a part-time job in the evening, such as Jack’s bartending,
  • Even going as far as starting your own business, such as an events or catering company

We must warn you though… it isn’t for the faint-hearted.

Aside from the probable burnout, recruiters and hiring managers can see this choice of career direction as being a “jack of all trades and a master of none”, though the contrary can be said should you opt to stay within your skill set.

So although a good 37% of both young and old South Africans have adopted this phenomenon, a figure which was reported by the 2017 Old Mutual Savings and Investment Monitor, we cannot in any way say that all of us are cut out for it as you do need to have an entrepreneurial flair.

So whilst the rest of us “stick to our day jobs” – we would like to hear what your thoughts are regarding the “Slasher” trend, or better yet, how you choose to supplement your monthly income…

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