Why you need to embrace a portfolio career

by Barrie Hopson on February 25, 2019 · 0 comments

in Flexible working,Future of work,New ways of working,portfolio careers

This was the title of a guest blog in HR News by Ben Chatfield CEO and CO-founder at Tempo.

He points out that in past generations, when stability and long-term career planning was the priority, it was typical to stay with the same employers for life.

By 2020 Millennials will comprise over 50% of the UK workforce and this is shifting the entire concept of a job. Tempo’s research revealed that over half (52%) of people between 18-34 expect to be moving jobs in the next 2 years. In fact,over a quarter (28%) of millennials have already had 5 or more jobs. The 20th Century’s 3 Boxes of Life are now definitely over for most people!

‘So it follows if companies want to continue attracting top talent, they need to embrace this phenomenon and change how they find and access employee experience. Interview processes will be shorter and more soft skills focused, testing a candidate’s ability to learn new skills, rather than simply assessing what they already know.’

Ben discusses the vast number of benefits a portfolio career can bring, and there is no cutoff point for when someone can embark on a new challenge. As a 75 year old just starting a brand new national project I would emphasise that the process is visible increasingly in all age groups.

People who have had multiple jobs are better at working flexibly in different environments and are likely to have a greater range of soft skills and a wider pool of professional contacts. Employers, in turn, will see candidates with diverse careers integrate faster and on board more efficiently.

He quite rightly states that some companies are stuck in the past, assuming job hoppers are just following the money. Tempo’s research tells a different story. Flexible working (37%),progression (19%), the role (16%), learning opportunities (16%) and office culture (13%) are actually the most important things for jobseekers.

It would be interesting to know just how much young people at school are being prepared for the new flexible life and career world.

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