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Date added: 06 July 2010

What is a Portfolio Career? 

Our weekly Swindon business advice column with Gail Gibson
 
Are you sick of the 9-5 grind, everyday from Monday to Friday, month in month out...? Are you doing what you love to do or are you working toward someone else’s goals, dreams and ambitions?
 
Have you ever thought about the myriad of skills you have gained throughout your life that have got you to where you are right now? Then once you’ve thought about them, did you know there is a way that you can utilise all or some of them, AND do what you love to do in your OWN time?
 
It’s called a portfolio career. Basically as the title says your career contains a portfolio or display of qualities, skills and strengths that you have developed and mastered over a period of time. But not forgetting there are valuable skills in your portfolio from the hobbies and favourite pastimes you also participate in. Just imagine where your hobbies could take you?
 
Are you thinking “What about the security of regular income?” Before you take the step into a making your portfolio career really work for you, you should carefully consider whether you are suited to this flexible, lifestyle type of working. A portfolio career is something that fits how you live, what your strengths are, and how you choose to derive an income from several different strands.
 
However portfolio careers, once established can and do fill the gap of uncertain income as a self employed or employed individual. It’s about creating a balance; getting some from each type of work you do.
 
A portfolio career for someone may consist of administration, training, and part time dog walking. This may bring together this individual’s passions and suit their lifestyle and personality. It may allow for greater creativity and improved focus, through shorter periods of work on projects, spaced throughout their working week.
 
In the USA right now, portfolio careers are really taking off. Individuals from all walks of life and levels of employment are realising that this is the way forward for them. These people are doing what they love to do, when it suits them, and are producing excellent work for those they work for. Is it your time to make your portfolio career happen?
 
Recommended reading: “And What Do You Do – 10 Steps to Creating a Portfolio Career” (2009) by Barrie Hopson and Katie Ledger.
 
Written by Gail Gibson of True Expressions
Discovery, Change, Transformation
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