My last posting was all about portfolio living – including portfolio careers – taking over from traditional life stages like Retirement. I have intimated that I have been spending much time over the past 2 years in producing an online learning programme to help people prepare and plan for their retirement as of course we are still using that term – for the present! I am happy to be able to report that the programme is now available and free to use, thanks to partnering with Aviva. So do have a look at

And ‘No’ – I have no intention of retiring! What could possibly give me any more pleasure, fun and fulfilment than my portfolio career when I never know just what is coming next. My latest project is as an investor and contributor to what will be an amazing venture and website early next year with the modest aim of combatting childhood obesity – by attracting children under 7 who in turn will educate their parents.

Who would want one job!!



In writing our book in 2009 we were intrigued to discover research that suggested that the 2 groups most attracted by the notion of pursuing a portfolio career were the Millennials (under 28’s) and the 60+ group. Us ‘baby boomers’ have fundamentally changed every life stage we have lived through. Remember the 60’s? No of course you don’t. That is the whole point!

Our parents and definitely our grandparents simply would not recognise what retirement is starting to look like. Increasingly we are not stopping paid work at 60 or even 65 or 70. Latest stats show one in 10 of those aged 65 and over were working either full time or part time last year.

But isn’t that simply because we cannot afford not to? Many people mention this but it does not appear to be as important as doing work that you enjoy alongside people who are friends.

We have opportunities to develop lifestyles in retirement unknown and beyond belief to those living in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Over the whole 20th century life expectancy increased by 30 years. The concept of retirement is only just over 100 years old. In the pre-pension era people died largely when still working. Then in the 20th century a way of living developed that I call the 3 boxes of life. School was the first one and that was where you supposedly learned everything you would need in life. Then you moved to work – a job, any job and if you were lucky you liked your work. Then finally retirement – which usually was not very long and was associated primarily with leisure. A few years respite from a hard grind at work! Lynda Gratton’s new book is simply called The 100 Year Life, in which she argues that increasingly we will live to be 100 and work until we are 80.

Now of course we know that just to live we have to continually learn about new things and develop new skills and research is telling us that this also helps us to live longer and staves off dementia. Work is also something that people are starting to continue to do for many more years and many now actually look for work that they love. And then finally retirement – a term that increasingly ceases to  make sense.  It now provides an opportunity for combining paid and unpaid work. Our younger generations are already experimenting with ‘retiring’ from paid work at different points in their lives so that increasingly those 3 boxes are looking more like an overlapping sponge cake with those 3 ingredients – learning, work and leisure – overlapping throughout the life cycle. More people are finding it difficult to find a job that utilises all of their skills and that fits their life values. The over 60’s are flocking to start their own businesses and flirting with the gig’ economy. And suddenly I am reading articles from all kinds of occupational groups discussing the pluses of portfolio careers.

I am increasingly replacing the term Retirement with Portfolio Living.

And a portfolio career was and is a great start to preparing for a portfolio life.



Portfolio Careers in Iran!

6 September 2016

Yes our book  has just been published in Iran by Magyar Publishers. If you use Google Translate you can see the book featured on their website at in the science section. Don’t all rush at once! Fascinated to discover why it has interested a major publisher in Iran. We would be delighted to hear […]

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What portfolio careers workers need for event marketing

8 August 2016

We have used infographics from our creative friends at before and this was one I really liked as it emphasises all the options you should be thinking through for marketing an event or anything else for that matter. Hope you enjoy it and thanks to Clare Maximillion for sending it to us.  

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Brexit, Portfolio Careers and the Positives of Uncertainty

25 June 2016

I am delighted to introduce a guest blog today, Rachel Brushfield, director of Energise – The Talent Liberation Company. Rachel shares her thoughts on uncertainty following the Leave outcome of the UK referendum. The certainty of uncertainty While on holiday in Sicily recently, I awoke to hotter than expected June air and the smell […]

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1 in 3 US workers now have 2 or more job…..

31 May 2016

…. according to a the latest report from Adobe titled “Work in Progress”. Just over 1,000 U.S. office workers were questioned on their sentiments about the future of work. I was asked in an interview recently if porfolio careers had a future!!

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Hire Me My Way

30 May 2016

An excellent new resource for people looking for alternatives to the traditional concepts of work and careers. The Hire Me My Way campaign is led by Timewise, a multi-award winning social business. Their founding vision is that ‘everyone should be able to find the flexibility they need in their job, without losing their value in the workplace.’ […]

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3 simple steps that tell the difference between a job you like and a job…..

28 May 2016

I am delighted to introduce a guest blog today from Lizzie Penny, Co-founder and Joint CEO of The Hoxby Collective . Lizzie breaks down the 3 steps you need to take to land a job you absolutely love in 2016. Finding a job that puts a spring in your step changes work from being a […]

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Australia discovers portfolio careers!

2 May 2016

Well not exactly, as we know from much correspondance that the concept is alive and well ‘down under’. However, I was interested to read a recent article in The Australian Business Review in which the author seems to have adopted a US expression to describe the phenomenon – slash careers. Marci Alboher wrote a book […]

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So do you miss the training that your old employer used to give you?

15 April 2016

Not much is the usual answer I get from portfolio workers. Training unbelievably appears to be one of the first things cut in hard times. And politicians and commentators wonder why our productivity is relatively low compared with many other countries. I don’t have hard data from the UK but recent research from the US […]

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