Speaking as someone who used to have multiple credit cards and now has no credit cards, I know just how easily and quickly credit cards can turn into very bad things.
My credit score was around 750 the last time I checked it earlier this year when I bought a house, and I haven't had a credit card in over 10 years. I use a debit card from my credit union as a credit card, but that still comes out of my available funds in my account, rather than it being a loan. In fact, the only revolving credit I have right now is PayPal credit, which I haven't touched in years.
Quality over Quantity
What matters more on your credit history is how you use the cards, rather than the quantity of them. If you use them poorly, they will drag your score down quickly. If you apply for a bunch of them, your score will dip (although temporarily). If you simply have them and don't use them, they don't really do anything for you. And if you use them often, it can again negatively affect your credit by having a high usage, affecting your "debt to income ratio".
The only way credit cards help you is if you use them only a little or moderately.
However, keeping low balances on just a few credit cards can result in very good credit scores. So, improving credit scores alone is not a good reason to apply for a bunch of new credit cards. And, you should always have a good reason for getting a new credit card.
My venture into credit card hell was during college. I had low limits and a low to non-existent income. I used the cards to try to pay for college expenses, when the financial aide and student loans didn't cover them. And they quite often didn't cover it all. My cards got maxed out quickly and my lack of income meant that I couldn't pay them off, or even make minimum payments most of the time. It took me years to pay off the $200-$500 I had on some of them. Some of them also closed my accounts while there was still a balance, which is a fairly major no-no when it comes to credit history.
I talk about reasons why to keep credit cards fairly extensively in this Answer, but it's not a reason to get new cards. This Answer is more about keeping some credit cards you already have and getting rid of the rest, which isn't your situation. It's still good info to know about how to use the credit card you currently have, though.
Paying off debt and living within means vs. long term planning
Don't rely on being employed full time. If this year has taught us anything, employment isn't guaranteed. With the unemployment rate in the US shooting to a record high of 14.7% this year (over 23 million people), it shows that nearly anyone can be unemployed at any time. And 7 months later, we're still at 6.7%, which is nearly twice was it was before Covid-19 hit.
I could get into unemployment insurance, but that would lead to a political debate right now, so I'm going to skip that. But those benefits aren't going to pay for credit card payments, either, even when they are available.
Yes, you can use the credit cards to tide you over during a bout of unemployment, but they can also drag you down quickly to the point where it take you longer to pay them off than it did to rack up the debt. It's much easier to reduce your spending during unemployment if you don't have credit cards. I know this from experience, too.
Credit card debt
For some fast statistics, there are roughly 331 million people in the USA. If we average out the $820 billion credit card debt across everyone, including babies, that's nearly $2,500 per person. In fact, there's around
1103 million credit card in the US, or an average of just over 3 cards per person, including babies again.
Of course, those averages are nearly useless data. Some people will have +$20k across 15 cards and some people won't have any cards. And many people can't make their payments. These are usually the people who thought having a bunch of card would be fine. They could pay one card with another card, or they'd never use the cards, or they only got the card for the 0% interest, or the cash back, or 1 of 100 other reasons that didn't pan out for them.
Unless you are extremely disciplined, are rich, are lucky, or simply never buy anything, you are almost guaranteed to be better off not having multiple credit cards. Sure, you'll find people that made those credit card work for them, but for every 1 of them you'll also find +100 people where it didn't work.
While there are some few benefits of having multiple card, including possibly helping your credit score, the probability of hurting your credit history and getting yourself into uncontrollable debt is very high.