How to Work for Passion, Pleasure & Profit

6 February 2017

This is a new book written by my friend Steve Preston and just published on Amazon. I was delighted to be asked to write the foreward for it. It is always good to get a new perspective on a topic one has lived with and loved for many years. With this book Steve has brought […]

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Voluntary work and portfolio careers

5 January 2017

Most people that I know with a portfolio career have unpaid work as part of that portfolio. I certainly do. I have offered free mentoring to people for many years. I have chaired my local community association for 8 years and for the past 3 years I have been a trustee for Disability Sport Yorkshire. […]

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Creating your work life blend as a freelancer

22 December 2016

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 on […]

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“A portfolio career allows me to share childcare.”

15 December 2016

That was a quote from someone at a recent conference where I was talking about portfolio careers. Sounds obvious does’nt it? But a recent CIPD survey shows that  only one-fifth (21 per cent) of the 1,050 senior HR professionals surveyed for the report said they had received requests from male employees to take up SPL. […]

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The future of work – again!

23 November 2016

I loved this picture even though it only represents men! When I started to write about careers in the 1970’s  we were already saying that the average worker was likely to have at least 4 jobs before retirement. That was well before this century when we now have portfolio careers, huge increase in self employment, […]

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Having more than one passion links to greater happiness…

15 November 2016

…. was a finding from an article in the Journal of Happiness Studies recently. Admittedly the research was on students only but the findings were significant enough to get the authors speculating about numbers of passions and happiness and well being. The results clearly showed that those with 2 or more passions scored significantly more […]

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Working from Home

9 November 2016

Many portfolio workers though not all work from home and indeed see that as one of the benifits. So I was delighted to be approached by www.creditdonkey.com/work-from-home-sites.html to use some of my ideas on a page they were working on to promote portfolio careers. It gives a wide range of jobs that people are choosing […]

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GP’s encouraged to pursue portfolio careers

9 October 2016

General practice should cast off the stuffy reputation of traditional models of working and embrace ‘exciting’ new systems to attract trainees into the workforce, Health Education England (HEE) has said. Selling new ways of working and flexible careers will be emphasised as part of plans to get more trainees into the profession and build a […]

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Live Happpier: How to design a retirement that you love

20 September 2016

My last posting was all about portfolio living – including portfolio careers – taking over from traditional life stages like Retirement. I have intimated that I have been spending much time over the past 2 years in producing an online learning programme to help people prepare and plan for their retirement as of course we […]

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Retirement and Portfolio Living

15 September 2016

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 of […]

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