Working Doubletime

Having two (or more!) careers is ultrademanding, but the rewards can be just as great

he landed a job on KCOP, Channel 13. Within a year, however, he was working construction again, a victim of mass layoffs at the station. After several months of interviewing, KTTV provided Ketter with an opportunity that changed the course of his life — he was hired as the weekend weatherman for KTTV Fox 11 News. To land a network job in the second-largest market in the country was a huge break, and Ketter was characteristically euphoric. But he was also determined to never get blindsided again.

So, he began giving motivational speeches on a volunteer basis. Before long, it was for the price of admission. Toda
y, Ketter’s paying clientele includes IBM, McDonald’s Corp., Citibank and Spelman College National Alumnae Association. “I love giving people good news,” Ketter enthuses. “There’s just so much bad out there.” Under the banner of the Ketter Group, his second career is thriving.
Balancing the two is not so difficult, says Ketter. Having juggled multiple jobs during college and most of the years since, “working a couple of jobs is like normal for me,” he says, adding, “I’ve inherited my father’s work ethic.”

Ketter, who is often called to fill in for others at KTTV during the week, has faced a few conflicts between the two, but notes that the station has been very supportive. “They understand that the more known I am as a speaker, the more likely people are to watch me on TV,” he says, adding that, in a pinch, “Fox always comes first.”

Single and in his mid-30s, Ketter concedes that the biggest downside tO parallel careering is that he doesn’t get much chance “to have fun” outside of work. But he’s having plenty of it on the jobs. Sounding like the combination weather fan and cheerleader that he is, Ketter raves: “I’m building a ship and I’m sailing on a ship. There’s bright sun all around me and I’m loving both.”

5 STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL PARALLEL CAREERS
1. Do what you love.
Its tough enough to maintain one job you dislike. Attempting two is dooming yourself to failure and unhappiness. If you don’t really enjoy at least one of your careers, no amount of financial benefit will make up for your misery.

2. Make it flexible.
The idea here is not to work from 9-5 and 5-9. At least one of your careers should have flexible hours. It’s nearly impossible to be accountable to two full-time employers with two rigid schedules and accompanying demands, which is why it;s so common to h ave at least one entrepreneurial pursuit.

3. Keep it all separate.
And keep it to yourself. You have virtually nothing to gain from your employer, colleagues or clients knowing about your other career(s). The less they know, the better. And never use one as an excuse (for lateness, absence, unpreparedness) with another. If you have to do that, its time to reevaluate your load.

4. Downplay, downplay, downplay.
If your employer colleagues or clients do learn about your other career(s), don’t feel obligated to explain or elaborate unless specifically asked. Bragging

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