In the past few months I have posted a number of times about traditional professions that are now seeing and even espousing portfolio careers for their members. It was only a matter of time before Vets began to move into this career space! See this article by Arlo Guthrie quoting recent research from the British Vetinary Association.

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I am seeing more and more articles and discussions linking the gig economy and portfolio careers. There is no doubt that some people do indeed utilise gig work to help them constuct a portfolio career for themselves.

An excellent article by Katie Kuehner-Hebert explores the increasing attractiveness to age groups from millenials to boomers of gig work. She quotes from a  survey of 9,500 people in 12 countries that found that more than 80 percent of workers say part-time, freelance, contract, temporary or independent contract work is a choice, not a last resort, and builds resilience for less predictable futures.

“What people want is changing,” writes ManpowerGroup CEO Jonas Prising. “They are working longer, learning more and seeking a better balance between work and home. Not everyone wants to engage as a full-time employee and organizations don’t always want that either.”

Manpower Group give the title of Nextgen Work to the variety of career paths and job options now available to people of all ages but especially millenials who have not experienced the more closed models of work dominant in the 20th century. Look at what their research found when people were asked why they were interested in gig or related work.

I find it fascinating that when Katie and I did the research for our Porfolio Careers book that what looked like a major new career option for people has now become one of many career options as people increasingly are designig portfolio lives for themselves and many of those plans are short term as they want to be open to new opportunities throughout their lives. Financial experts of course keep criticising them for not planning for retirement wheras they are committed to living a life they desire ‘now’ and not waiting until they are 65+ to get that. Problems ahead for them? Possibly but then who knows what life will look like 40 years from now.

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And now it’s portfolio careers for pharmacists!

16 April 2018

Ivana Knyght leads the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s professional development and support service and I was fascinated to read an interview with her  in which she was explaining about the type of support her team offers members throughout their careers. In my last blog post I was talking about how attractive the notion of a portfolio […]

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GP’s encouraged to consider portfolio careers!

4 April 2018

I have written before about the increasing attraction of portfolio working to medical staff but there are now extraordinary developments. The BMA has called on the Government to introduce ‘virtual’, chambers-style GP models in a bid to stop GPs leaving the profession. It said the new working opportunity should draw on the locum chambers model, […]

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Are portfolio careers more at risk with AI?

16 March 2018

 My guest contributor this month is John Hawthorn who argues strongly that so much of the discussion on work, careers and the future of work is not based on known facts. My take on this is that portfolio careers are better suited than traditional career patterns to cope with and even benefit from these developments. […]

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The Remote Working Model 2018

26 January 2018

Many portfolio career workers do remote work so I have pleasure in presenting a guest blog by Robert Wesley who is a specialist in this area. Remote work has been around for several decades under a myriad of different names. The eldest of these terminologies, “telecommuting”, was coined back in the ‘70s, while the more […]

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Portfolio Careers for Nurses

9 January 2018

Fascinating article by Kim Thomas on the massive changes in work life and career options for nurses today. She makes the point that a few years ago, most nurses could expect to spend their working life in a hospital. These days, England’s 281,000 nurses work in a variety of roles. Many support chronically ill patients […]

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‘Entrepreneurial You’

16 October 2017

My good friend Marianne Cantwell, the Free Range Human lady – wonderful book – contacted me recently as she was having lunch with her friend Dorie Clark in New York. (There are pluses to being a free range human!) She wanted me to know about Dorie’s new book which has been selling very well in […]

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Portfolio Careers and Millennials

15 August 2017

Stephen Clarke, Research and Policy Analyst at the Resolution Foundation has just produced a report that adresses this topic. It is fascinating as it blasts away at some of the stereotypes about millennials – those born in the 1980s and 1990s. This is the digital generation who supposedly are turned off the idea of a […]

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Portfolio Careers in Australia

8 August 2017

Fascinating article in the Herald Sun quoting research from Seek which found that  59 per cent of Australians regard flexible working arrangements as a top work perk. Flexibility is seen as a two-way relationship and employers are seeing flexibility as a key part of their value proposition to potential employees. The  Seek study revealed that […]

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