Welcome to our new website

by Barrie Hopson on October 13, 2009 · 3 comments

in New Technology,The Book


We are delighted to welcome you to our new website and blog designed to coincide with the publication of our book. ‘And What Do You Do?: 10 Steps To Creating a Portfolio Career’, published this Thursday, October 15th by A&C Black, part of the Bloomsbury Group.  James Ward has done a great job in getting this up and running for us  very quickly.


If you click on that tab you will see that you can download the contents pages and the introduction for free. We ask you to subscribe to the site as this gives us an idea as to how many people are interested in the subject matter.  You can also sign up to receive 6 free weekly tips or Cando’s from the book.  We  got bored with ‘exercises’ and ‘diagnostics’ or even ‘activities’. So we thought why not use an expression which states simply that here is something you Cando that will help you to develop a portfolio career.


We are delighted that so many people agreed to read the manuscript prior to publication and were prepared to give us positive comments.  Some of these are printed in the book but as we, hopefully, get more, we will also add them. We have added a couple of video interviews that Katie got with Seth Godin and Sir Kenneth Robinson on recent visits to London with their views on portfolio careers. We both use Flip Mino’s to do this as even the technologically unsophisticated like us can use them.

We will also include any criticisms that we get about the book as we need to learn. After all we do have a section in the book about learning from failures.

There have already been articles in the London Evening Standard and the Sunday Times  for which we have been interviewed about portfolio careers, and on Thursday morning, publication day, we have written an article for the jobs section of the Daily Telegraph.


We do of course welcome any feedback that could improve the site and welcome any dialogue about issues facing portfolio workers. There really are a lot of us about!

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1 Marianne Cantwell October 20, 2009 at 11:11 am

Love the new website! Very easily browsable, perfect for the portfolio mentality.

Looking forward to the book… and just in time too, as I have added another string to my portfolio bow, in the form of cupcakes… http://www.bake-me-happy.co.uk

Which raises a question: what is the ‘record’ for the portfolio career with the most (active) disparate elements?

2 Barrie Hopson October 20, 2009 at 11:26 am

Great question Marianne! We have one person in the book with 8 but we are still looking.

3 Dianne Bown-Wilson October 27, 2009 at 11:52 am

Well done and congratulations to you both! I look forward to reading more posts and feedback -as well as the book itself.
Love the “cando” terminology – it has a buzzy, enegertic feel to it – mambo, tango and now cando. Great!

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