The Cons Of Being Multitasking

When being able to do more things is a disadvantage

Being a young adult, looking for a job in the creative field, in Italy, can be a quite difficult and frustrating experience. I spent the last few months job hunting between Milan and Rome, going to many job interviews. I often found myself in tragicomic situations, usually because the interviewer didn’t even read my CV and, for example, asked me if I spoke any English, when I have a MA degree in English Language and Literature. But there’s one interview that particularly impressed me and made me reconsider all my life choices.

Once I had a job interview scheduled with a communication agency. They were looking for a new member in their social media team. I was pretty excited about the job description and I was enjoying the interview so far. Until the interviewer made me notice, with a certain displeasure, that I was “too multitasking” for that role. I couldn’t reply, I was speechless, as it was the first time in my life, in which I heard “multitasking” being considered in a negative way. It wasn’t my first time being rejected in a job interview, it wasn’t that, I just couldn’t understand how being multitasking could have affected my professional life negatively.

Apparently, according to the interviewer, my numerous work experiences, both in Italy and abroad, made me seem unskilled. — The more you can do, the less you know — simply put. Being multitasking can really be considered a disadvantage in the labour market? There seems to be a belief (especially in Italy), according to which, you have to follow only one path to be successful. Being able to play more roles means automatically not being able to do anything well.

I don’t think is very fair to be penalized for having work experience in more than one field. In my life I have always followed what I considered to be my calling. I did what I was thinking I was called to do in that moment. So, I started studying Foreign Languages and I eventually ended up getting a post-university education in Screenwriting. That’s life, not everyone has a strictly straight path to follow, there can be curves or alternate routes.

Different experiences enrich people’s life, giving them an open mind and improving their problem solving skills — just to quote a few of the many pros of being multitasking. Everyone should have the right to follow his own way, his calling in life, wherever it takes. Many job roles require flexibility and the ability to follow more projects at a time: isn’t that called being multitasking? How the culture of the labour market can be so strict, especially nowadays?

In the end, I found a very good job in a place, where my being multitasking is considered a plus. Actually, I made a very “multitasking” decision, starting working as a freelancer. But it has been really hard finding it and this experience really put me down at first. I found it very discouraging and I think that young people can easily empathize with that. We’ve always been taught about the importance of being multitasking, our time requires it in almost every aspect of our life.

The whole issue doesn’t concern just the work enviroment, it gets more personal. Being multitasking is part of my personality, I’ve always had many interests in my life and I’m a very curious person. This job interview made me ask myself if I should have taken different steps in my life and followed just one way. I felt bad for a while, but then I got a reassuring feeling, telling me that all I’ve done is now part of me, it made me who I am.

So, has it really any cons being multitasking in 2018?