Time for a second job?
UPDATE: Our thoughts are with the people of London, visitors to the city and, in particular, with the relatives and friends of the victims of the attack on 22 March.
Being editor-in-chief of a magazine is a busy job. But I'm starting to think that maybe I should do something else on the side. For example, become a full-time politician.
"Are you crazy?" I can hear you shouting (or, at least, thinking). "You already have a profession that is held in low esteem by a large part of the population. Why would you want to add a second one?" Very droll.
I can see your point, though. Perhaps I should add a different job to the one of journalist, such as being a professional footballer (my boyhood dream, despite clearly lacking the necessary talent), or a rock star (ditto) or — oh, I don't know — how about becoming a train driver (an ambition I never had as a child) or a computer programmer (I hear they are in high demand)?
At this point, let me make one thing clear, just in case you think I have gone totally mad. Yes, I do have more than enough to do in my day job as editor-in-chief of the bi-monthly magazine Business Spotlight.
There are the regular duties of planning and overseeing the production of our magazine and other products. There's the writing and editing of texts, and the managing of staff, budgets and projects.
Then there are the external duties such as meeting and negotiating with business partners, and representing the magazine and company at conferences and trade fairs.
And, of course, there are numerous internal meetings to discuss operational and strategic matters and set priorities — both within the Business Spotlight department and across the company as a whole.
All that leaves little time for pursuing hobbies during the week, let alone being a full-time politician on top.
So, like many peolple, I was flabbergasted to hear that George Osborne, the former UK chancellor of the exchequer, plans to take up the job of editor-in-chief of the London daily newspaper, the Evening Standard — and, at the same time, remain a member of parliament for the Conservative Party.
There are heated discussions in Britain about whether such a combination should be allowed, although Osborne wouldn't be the first sitting MP to be in such a situation. Boris Johnson, to take just one example, was also editor-in-chief of The Spectator.
Frankly, I don't believe it is possible to do two full-time jobs properly at the same time. Even doing one full-time job properly is a stretch for most people, given the rising demands in all professional areas.
On the other hand, maybe I should just dig out my football boots and get practising. Or work on my singing.
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