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Starting a portfolio career

Tweet 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 […]

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Tweet This is always one of the first questions I get after a presentation. It also dominates our portfolio careers linkedin group. I always talk about the 3 main ways people use to finance it – saving up or using redundancy money to give a cushion of comfort whilst populating your portfolio, dropping to part […]

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Tweet This question comes up almost every time that I do a presentation on portfolio careers. I am talking again this week to the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England & Wales (ICAEW). Accountants are loving the prospect of this alternative career pattern for them. As usual I emphasise that it is not a work […]

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Tweet An interesting article in the London Evening Standard recently highlights a new agency set up by women for women who are looking for part time work. Women Like Us is not just a recruitment operation for would be part time female workers but focuses on helping employers ” who value talent more than round-the-clock […]

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Tweet Interesting blog posting which spells out the variety of roles for which musicians could get paid. Wouldn’t it be good to take careers outside of the music world and to plot the possible different roles in one’s portfolio bag? Any suggestions? Good one this for a possible discussion on our portfolio careers linked in […]

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Tweet As you know we welcome guest postings and this week I was delighted to meet up with Gail Gibson who is one of the most prolific contributors to our linkedin portfolio careers site. Gail came up with the lovely visual metaphor of a portfolio career as a multicoloured umbrella and uses this now on […]

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Tweet As our book is based all around answering this question and I talk about this to groups rather a lot I was intrigued to come across Marianne Cantwell’s advice on this in a stimulating and fun video on her Free Range Humans website. It has also led to an interesting discussion on our portfolio […]

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Tweet Whenever I answer the question ‘And what do you do?’, I always include at least one of the roles that I have that consists of unpaid work. I think that it gives a rounder picture of who you are and what is important to you. My 2 roles are around chairing my local residents […]

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Tweet People just starting out on a portfolio career often report some trepidation at the lack of a guaranteed income. (Eventually we all get used to it – and even learn to enjoy it!). I met someone recently who said what helped her at the beginning was to barter some of her skills for, as […]

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Tweet Many portfolio workers enjoy having voluntary activities as part of their portfolio. Some of our colleagues have also written to say that a bonus sometimes is that the networking opportunities provided by this can also result in paid work offers. Time banking is an international concept that enables people to swap skills and experience […]

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