How ‘The Portfolio Career’ can suit a working mum
Imagine a career that combines your skills and interests and provides you with a work-life balance…
As a working mum, you value the time you spend with your children. You want to watch them grow, attend their school plays and relax with them at home. However, you also want a fulfilling career path. You want an interesting job that makes you feel motivated and happy. You may also want time to pursue your own interests and hobbies as well as spend time with friends and family. There is a lot to juggle.
Is this juggling act too much to ask? Is this work-life balance possible?
Yes, it can be possible and the answer may be found through pursuing the increasingly popular portfolio career.
A portfolio career can provide you with your desired work-life balance.
What is a portfolio career?
A portfolio career consists of a variety of jobs including self-employment, fixed-term contracts, part-time jobs and freelancing. It can offer career flexibility and variety enabling you to maintain more control over your career allowing you to fulfil the work-life balance you want.
An example is an accountant who is also a mum of two children. Now her children are at school, she has recently taken up a part-time job with a local business. She also spends a small amount of time working in a self employed capacity. This is something she started when her children were younger as she could fit this work flexibly around her childcare arrangements. Furthermore, she is a governor of the local school. If time allows, one day she would also like to become a charity trustee.
Does this sound like a lot of different things to juggle? Well, the good thing about a portfolio career is that you can do as much or as little as you like. You can investigate and take on roles gradually as and when it suits you.
Is this now sounding like an attractive option for you?
As with all decisions you make, you will need to look at the benefits as well as the challenges in pursuing a portfolio career. For example, there will be an element of risk-taking involved as well as a requirement for self marketing and networking. Also, you will be taking sole responsibility for your career – you won’t have a boss to fall back on.
On the other hand, you will gain some freedom in being able to control how you live your life whilst being a mum. Furthermore, the nature of this type of career may lead to openings you had never even thought of.
If you believe you may be suited to a portfolio career, start reviewing your career history and past experiences. Then decide what you would like to achieve in your career and how much time you would like to dedicate to it. Think about what interests and skills you would like to be using. Be organised in your approach and start networking to find out if a portfolio career is the right option for you and how it can be achieved.
I have many clients who have chosen to pursue the portfolio career route. Through perseverance and dedication, they now enjoy the variety and flexibility their chosen career path provides.