Portfolio career – what’s in a word

by Barrie Hopson on April 20, 2011 · 1 comment

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Last week I was invited to a stunning lunch experience organised by Marianne Cantwell and John Williams in London at Wahaca, a very superior Mexican restaurant in Covent Garden. There were 22 of us. Many had written books. Most were consulting. Some were training. Many had set up businesses. Some had sold businesses. What did we all have in common?  We all  had portfolio careers.

On reflection I realised that although Katie and I always use this term others have their own labels. Marianne has a great website for free range humans, John – who has written the excellent book Screw Work Lets Play – prefers to talk about Scanners and has set up  Scanners Nights in London. Nick Williams prefers to talk about Renaissance People. In the US Marci Alboher wrote a book about slash careers.

You know – it really doesn’t matter what term we use. The one thing all of us have in common is that we believe that everyone should explore new ways of working; that we should not put up with work which does not challenge or excite us; that we should define the work life blend that suits us now; that we know that blend will change with circumstances and ageing; that we should know the skills that we want to use (our motivated skills); that we should be able to express to others the values that drive us and finally, to use my own brand byline – we should indeed be the architect of our own future.

And you know we will now have even longer to do all of this as research this week tells us that life expectancy rose by 44 weeks in last year alone. So don’t waste any of those extra weeks. Get reviewing, planning and act now. There is of course a book which will help you to do just that!

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1 Jean Baur April 24, 2011 at 9:31 pm

And you’re doing exactly the right thing by going to lunch, talking, hanging out with people who are working in new and creative ways. As a career counselor I get to see similar transformations after job loss–very exciiting. And I’ve heard Marci talk–she’s terrific. So keep those slashes going!

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