Is a Portfolio Career for You?

by Katie Ledger on September 27, 2007 · 0 comments

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A few thoughts:

  • Values: What’s important to you at this juncture in your career? If you need stability, the prestige of a steady position and a guaranteed income, focus on finding full-time work. But if you want more control over your time and the chance to develop new skills and knowledge, to work in different sectors, to create something new or be your own boss, consider a portfolio career.
  • Aptitude: Take an honest look at whether you can successfully juggle multiple jobs at one time, secure contracts, serve clients effectively and build relationships that will deliver paying work.
  • Strengths: Instead of wondering, “Who will hire me?” ask:
  1. – What skills and abilities do I have now?
  2. – What can I get paid to do now? Who would buy these services?
  3. – What do I really want to do in the future?

List your ideas. When you go beyond job titles and think about function and outcomes, your possibilities widen.

  • Ideas: Research your ideas and target markets. Get feedback from colleagues or networking contacts. You might find that one idea has more potential than another. One feature the portfolio career offers is fluidity. Your work activities can and will evolve over time. When you feel ready, get that first contract and build from there.

The portfolio career can be a creative solution to career change for experienced professionals, with an array of benefits. You can spread your risk, gain some work/life balance, earn a healthy income, pursue your dreams and open yourself to unanticipated possibilities. Most of all, you can achieve a sense of satisfaction that your talent is being maximised.

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