Second Shift: ‘I picked two careers that inspire me’

Amanda Young
Amanda Young teaches up to four fitness classes a day.
Credit: Provided

We all know living in a city is expensive. How does the average person make it work? Our Second Shift series features people taking on more than one job to make ends meet. This week, meet Amanda, who works three part-time jobs just for the pure joy of it. If you want to be featured, email emily.laurence@metro.us.

Name: Amanda Young
Age: 38
Residency: Kensington, Brooklyn, New York
Lives with: Her partner
Number of jobs: 3

What is your schedule like working three part-time jobs?

My first job is as a social worker; I work three days a week at a middle school. Second, I teach a range of fitness classes at Equinox, Monday through Friday at 6 a.m. and 7 a.m., and then again at night at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Third, I work as a training leader for Shape Up New York, which provides free fitness classes in all five boroughs. I run a training program that helps people become fitness leaders within their communities. Those classes are on Thursday nights, Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings.

It seems like fitness is your main passion.

Honestly, social work and fitness are both equally my passion. It just worked out that I was able to have this balance.

Are you working all three jobs for the money or are any of them more passion driven?

They’re honestly passion driven. I live by that overused saying that when you do what you love it never feels like work. I’ve always been interested in helping others achieve their physical, mental and spiritual goals, and both careers allow me to fulfill my own personal goal of helping others.

Your jobs really do seem like a good balance.

It’s very easy to burn out in both. Physically, your body can shut down, but emotionally social work can be very difficult. Because my jobs are so different from each other, I don’t feel overworked or overwhelmed. I happened to pick two careers that inspire me. I just love going to work.

How does your partner feel about you working so many jobs?

I was already working in both fields when he met me 11 years ago, so he accepts it. He’s very understanding. He knows I love what I do and could never give up either part of myself. He knows it makes me happy, so he’s very supportive of it. Sundays are our rest day, our reconnection day.

Follow Emily on Twitter: @EmLaurence



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Sierra Leone Ebola patient, recovered from family, dies…

An Ebola patient whose family sparked a nationwide hunt when they forcefully removed her from a treatment center and took her to a traditional healer has died.

Local

VIDEO: Cop reassigned as NYPD investigates alleged head…

An officer alleged to have stomped on a Brooklyn man's head last week had his gun taken away and placed on modified duty.

National

New York Times calls for legalization of pot

The New York Times editorial board on Saturday endorsed a repeal of the federal ban on marijuana, becoming the largest paper in the nation to back the idea.

National

Two injured after cable snaps on Ohio amusement…

(Reuters) - A cable on a large swing ride at an Ohio amusement park snapped and struck two riders as the swing was in motion,…

Music

Newport Folk Festival: Photo gallery of 35 moments…

As has been the tradition since Bob Dylan plugged in a bajillion years ago, the Newport Folk Festival embraces more musical genres than its name implies.

Music

MKTO: Behind the bromance

MKTO's Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller talk about the American Dream tour, Demi Lovato and getting turned down by girls.

Arts

James Earl Jones and Rose Byrne head to…

Two-time Tony winner James Earl Jones returns to the New York stage next month as an eccentric grandfather in a revival of the 1930s comedy…

Movies

Box office: Scarlett Johansson wins battle of brains…

Scarlett Johansson's "Lucy" handily dispatched with Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" over the weekend.

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

MLB

Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…

MLB

Yankees GM Brian Cashman breaks down art of…

The action frequently accelerates as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, as it will on Thursday.

Auto racing

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400

Wellbeing

This Week In Health: Friends share similar DNA,…

Friends share similar DNA, study finds Location: U.S. Study subjects: Nearly 2,000 people Results: When it comes to our social networks, it seems that birds of…

Education

Are liberal arts colleges turning away from the…

Bryn Mawr College, a small women's college located just outside of Philadelphia, announced last week that it would be making standardized tests like the SAT…

Education

Recent grads discover school superintendent plagiarized parts of…

  Two recent high school graduates made a surprising discovery about the commencement speech their school superintendent delivered at their graduation: portions of it was copied…

Career

Feeling stuck? Get out of the entry-level job…

Television and movies may be littered with 20-something characters who seem directionless when it comes to their careers, but author Mary Traina says she finds…