What is a portfolio career?
Not everyone wants to spend all of their paid working hours doing the same thing in the same place in the same context and for the same employer. In fact it is rather strange historically for so many people spending most of their time doing pretty much the same kind of thing.
A portfolio career is about doing two, three or more different jobs on a part-time basis. They might be totally unrelated (see A) or they might be complementary (see B) or a common thread may be observable (see C). People who opt for this workstyle like it because it can give them variety and allows them to pursue more than than one area of interest at any one time.
Dr Barrie Hopson is a bit of an expert in career counselling having written among 25 other books, “Build your own Rainbow”. He has just finished writing The Rainbow Years – The pluses of being Fifty Plus”. We both pursue Portfolio Careers at very different life stages (Barrie is 65 and I am considerably younger!) and this workstyle has provided us with more satisfaction, fun and remuneration than any of the single jobs that we have held in the past. So, we are writing a book which promotes Portfolio Careers as a very real option today with many pluses for individuals but also we believe for organisations. We have interviewed many people from a wide variety of backgrounds: People who have made this step include:
* A) someone who spends 3 days a week working in a call centre so that he has 2 days a week spare to build up his market garden business and some evenings to develop his website.
* B) Another spends 2 days a week as a supply teacher, 1 day a week as a Geography advisor and 1 day a week working for a Geography Institute.
* C) A third interviewee spends 4 evenings a week as a maitre de at a restaurant, 2 days a week managing a store and another 2 days a week baking for the online speciality food business she runs with her husband.
Many people also want to take this step. The question they have is: “How do we get there from here?”
The book will aim to answer this and we are looking for people with different stories to interview. So are your a portfolio worker? Do you know anyone who is? Please let me know and I will post more about the project in the next few weeks. Many thanks.