First of all, what is a MULTIPOTENTIALITE? The term, pretty self-explanatory, I believe was coined by Emilie Wapnik, a fascinating young woman who realized she was interested in a broad array of educational and professional fields. She noticed she wasn’t the only one so she put a name to what other people like her were and even gave them a “home,” her Puttylike personal website. If you want to know the smaller details of being a multipotentialite, paying her a visit. However, if you already know your kind, let’s see where fellow brainiacs like you and me best fit.
Working in a company might seem incompatible with being a multipontentialite. How can you find a job that can satisfy all of the vast array of things you want to do, and are capable of doing? Well, you’re not the only one who’s spotted how an immensely valuable a multipotential personality can be.
Smart companies are all about the people who can do a variety of things with ease. Specialists who can only do one thing are a thing of the past. Because, ever since the late 1960s, we’ve figured out that nothing exists in a void, and everything is in some way connected.
More and more great, and well-known companies have started relying on freelancers. A lot of people have started noticing the benefits of this kind of employment. Working remotely is the perfect choice for a multipotentialite, since you get to do the things you love, without the constraints of a 9 to 5 desk job. Or maybe you want to become a nurse or a lawyer, and that’s fine too. You can study for vocational work and find your place later.
Of course, if you’re looking for ultimate happiness when it comes to your job, an awesome company can only give you so much. Happiness has to come from within, and as a multi-potential person, you’re going to have to find your own recipe.
1. BBC Worldwide
When it comes to awesome companies hiring freelancers, BBC Worldwide always tends to come out on top. And as well it should. In 2012, they had about 12.000 freelancers working for them.
BBC offers a wide range of possible career paths, ranging from legal and business jobs, to more creative ones. They have their own freelance payment portal, and a really detailed page on all the things you need to know if you want to work for them. Plus, you’d be working for the BBC, how awesome would that be?
Now, obviously, everyone wants to work for a company like the BBC. So you’ll have to check their career pages as often as possible, to spot an opportunity. In the meantime, you should get cracking on that portfolio, if you want to knock them off their socks. You’re going to be facing some pretty strong competition. But take this as a chance to showcase all of the stuff you’ve accumulated over the years, that’s just begging to be flaunted.
Ancestry.com is a website that looks like a history buff’s wonderland. It gives people a chance to trace their genealogical tree, and discover your unique background. They’re always looking to hire students, or fresh graduates to help out. Who says a History Major doesn’t pay off? And the neat thing about it is that you actually have to combine a passion for history, and rummaging through archives and old documents, with an interest in technology, and writing. So it’s not just that you can use all of your abilities, and explore your passions while you’re working. You actually have to do that as part of your job description.
They also feature a whole lot of SF sounding full-time jobs, all over America, like scientific data wrangler (so, basically an information cowboy?), and bioinformatics analyst.
Cracked is an online magazine read by millions of people every day. At its core, Cracked is a humor site, but more recently it’s started featuring articles that take a lighthearted approach to serious current social issues. Cracked has a knack for giving everyone a chance to state their claim. Their themes range from pop culture to tech, from science, to personal experience. They’re not just open to submissions, they’re actively encouraging them. They offer a pretty handy guide for the types of articles they usually feature.
Cracked usually looks for unique subjects, or unique takes on subjects. It sounds like the perfect match for a multipotentialite. You can use your experiences, and a vast set of interests to explore the topic of your choice, from the comfort of your home. You can let your creativity run wild, and also feel like your message is genuinely going to benefit someone out there.
Nintendo was founded in 1889 (yes, you read that right), and at first it produced playing cards. Then in the 1960s, it switched to making toys, and in the 1970s it morphed into a video game company. The rest is history. They’ve developed some of the most iconic games in gaming history, like Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy (though, in all fairness, with 15 installments, they should really rethink the name of the franchise), and of course Mario.
The company is so huge right now it would be impossible not to hire freelancers. They’re always looking for localization specialists, to translate game content, tech stuff, and guides. They’re also on the lookout for content designers, software engineers and everything in between. Working in the video game industry hits the sweet spot when it comes to multipotentialite-friendly fields.
And, hey, I almost managed to write the whole entry without mentioning Pokémon Go!
There just had to be an advertising agency included on a list of places where multipontents would thrive. If you work in the Creative Department, you’re going to have to know a little bit of everything, no matter what your job description says you have to do. That’s why, you’ll find that often times most of the people working in an ad agency are actually self-taught.
Razorfish is an ad agency that works with digital media. They have a lot of offices, all around the US, and they have full-time, desk employees, but they hire a lot of freelancers as well. It kind of makes sense, when you’re working with digital stuff. Since everything is happening online, why would you need a whole bunch of art directors in an office?
As a multipotentialite, finding the right place is not going to be easy. It’s hard enough, even if you’re not a person who’s into several into things all at once. Apart from the fact that you’re going to have to deal with tedious stuff, like writing a resume that actually reflects your skills, you still have to find a job in which you can display your full potential. But just because it’s hard doesn’t mean you to sell yourself short. You have to understand that being a multipod is an asset in today’s job market, not an obstacle. And you should use this asset, not try to work around it.
Amanda Wilks is a Boston University graduate and a part-time writer. She has a great interest in everything related to job-seeking, career-building, and entrepreneurship and loves helping people reach their true potential.