I always find it instructive in giving talks on portfolio careers and I usually get a range of searching questions. One I got last Thursday from the Institute of Accounting in England and Wales (ICAEW) was about how do you get training and development when previously that was an employee benefit. I always hit back hard on this in that just as your career is now totally in your hands so is your own professional development. You will need to go on courses, read books, do webinars, online learning and of course networking from which you can learn all sorts of things from how to write a press release (which happened to me recently) to how to install video into a powerpoint presentation (which happened to me this morning – which is a Saturday by the way!).
You will learn by talking with other portfolio workers but also by talking to any kind of worker. People in full time work often don’t do enough of this so fail to benefit from what should be a great employee plus.
So – in short, its all up to you.
I would love to hear any tips from all of you out there either on this blog or in our portfolio careers group on linkedin.