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Starting a portfolio career

Tweet My good friend Marianne Cantwell, the Free Range Human lady – wonderful book – contacted me recently as she was having lunch with her friend Dorie Clark in New York. (There are pluses to being a free range human!) She wanted me to know about Dorie’s new book which has been selling very well […]

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Tweet Katie and I continually wax on about the pluses of having a portfolio career which also means that for many of us we are also freelancers. I found this article in Management Today fascinating as it is written from the point of view of employers of freelancers. The author, Peter Johnston, gives many tips […]

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Tweet In writing our book in 2009 we were intrigued to discover research that suggested that the 2 groups most attracted by the notion of pursuing a portfolio career were the Millennials (under 28’s) and the 60+ group. Us ‘baby boomers’ have fundamentally changed every life stage we have lived through. Remember the 60’s? No […]

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Tweet One of the people that Katie and I interviewed for our book was Oli Barrett, who, even in 2009, was already described as the founder of speednetworking in the UK. If you have ever speed dated ( I have not!) you will know what I mean. I suddenly came across a piece of advice […]

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Tweet “This is a guest blog by career strategist and coach Rachel Brushfield at Energise – The Talent Liberation Company (see below for more about her).” Research shows that lawyers are one of the unhappiest of all the professions, so no wonder then that many lawyers are finding the prospect of a portfolio career appealing. […]

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Tweet This book by the co-founder and Chairman of Linkedin and his colleague Ben Casnocha has been languishing on my shelves for far too long but I finally took my first proper holiday in over 3 years and took this with me to read. It is inspirational and so relevant to the mindset of portfolio […]

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Tweet We always like to welcome guest bloggers and this is from the US so much of the data has a stars and stripes feel but I felt that there is much useful information here for UK portfolio workers who have ambitions in the writing and blogging arenas. The author is Jeralyn Nelson who is […]

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Tweet Definitely, according to an excellent new book by Steve Preston,‘Winning Through Redundancy: Six Steps to Navigate Your Way to a Brighter Future‘. The book of course is much broader than that and outlines the many options to be explored but only after a great deal of personal work and analysis and creative thinking. The […]

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Tweet Last week I was interviewed for an article for the Sunday Times by Kathryn Cooper who was particularly interested in whether or not our Gen Y population are deliberately moving into portfolio careers. Her main scenario (‘ I’m only a part-time high flyer. This is my happy job’ – Sunday Times June 16) is […]

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Tweet I am regularly asked this question after presentations about portfolio careers. Remember portfolio workers probably have the most experience of looking for work and projects so find themselves regularly having to sell themselves. I usually quote the fact that recently LinkedIn made it possible for their 150 million users to add their “Volunteer Experience […]

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