Imagine a career which has a purpose and uses your skills and interests.
Imagine fulfilling your desire to become self-employed, alongside part-time employment to reduce the risk of going it alone.
Imagine being able to build a career around your family life.
The portfolio career
The way we work is changing. A job is no longer for life. The increase in choice and variety in the job market together with the increase of part time and contract roles allows for individuals to be more creative and flexible when designing their career path.
We are starting to recognise that each individual has a variety of skills and interests that can suit more than one role. We are also starting to accept that an individual may have more than one job and move between jobs more frequently to enable them to rise up the career ladder, earn more money as well as to find a career that suits them and makes them happy.
The portfolio career fits into this new way of working really well. It has many parts to it and involves an individual having two or more jobs at any one time. The advantage of creating a portfolio career is that it can enable you to form a career to suit you. You will be available for opportunities to fulfil different skills and interests whilst being in control of how your career balances with your lifestyle.
Is a portfolio career for you?
Since mentioning how a portfolio career could be an option for Mums returning to work in my blog ‘Mums returning to work – ‘how to achieve your desired career’, I have received numerous enquiries from those who are intrigued to find out how this could work for them. To assist your thinking, here is an example of a portfolio career:
Jane is self-employed as a private tutor, having previously worked as a full time teacher. She also works in an employed position as a garden guide to fulfil her love of the outdoors and interest in sharing knowledge with others using skills developed whilst teaching. In her spare time, she is starting to write a book on garden design, something she has always wanted to do but has never found the time.
Is your mind now buzzing with ideas of what you would like to achieve?
What would a portfolio career be like for you?
If you wish to explore this further, start putting together your ideas of what a portfolio career would look like for you. Understand your finances so that you know what you can afford to do. Talk to people and find out what opportunities are available and to help you confirm that this is the right route for you. To maintain a portfolio career, it is important that you are able to talk to people and network. Finally, put your plan together to make it all happen and plan your time wisely so that you take on a manageable amount of work!
If a career with purpose and flexibility sounds appealing, then perhaps the portfolio career is for you.