If you have read our book you might recall this illustration of someone who enjoys what we call a serial career pattern. This is a person who no matter how well they are doing and how much they have enjoyed their work every 5,6 or 7 years get bored and in need of a new challenge. They love learning new things and developing new aspects of themselves. I was reminded of this when I was addressing a large group of accountants in the City last week. The seminar was on portfolio careers and one of the other speakers was talking about interim management as a career option. As I was listening it suddenly occurred to me that serial career types could be very attracted to IM roles. This was confirmed by a report recently from the Institute of Interim Management. This is a fascinating survey of what interim managers do, what they earn, how they get assignments and which parts of the country offer the best prospects. Interestingly, the report states that only 15% of them have genuine portfolio careers but I was surprised that given the nature of the game so many of them had more than one job.
If you wish to explore IM as a possibility for you do have a look at this report.