Trying to decide on just one career?
…says ground-breaking new book ‘And what do you do? 10 steps to creating a portfolio career‘.
Authors Barrie Hopson and Katie Ledger reckon more and more people – including new graduates – are starting to twig that it’s totally possible to keep your options open by juggling more than one job at the same time – if that’s what tickles your fancy.
You can do two days of this, three days of that – and spend Saturdays afternoons working on your own masterplan.
“Portfolio careers can be ideal for people staring out on a career and unsure about a long-term direction,” says Ledger
(who herself is a former Channel 5 newsreader, and now a communications consultant, conference host, media coach, author, blogger, presenter, wife and mum – phew!)
“It can be a way of ‘trying on’ a number of different types of work. Careers experts increasingly are encouraging people to experiment, test out possibilities and try it for size before making their minds up.”
Aren’t most new grads too young to pull it off? Pish, says Ledger – ‘single track career’ types will always try and put you off a portfolio career, whatever your age.
“These people tend to say that anything other than single track working is ‘too difficult’ and certainly not viable for anyone in their 20s. Then when they et to their 30s and 40s the are conversely fed messages about being ‘too old’ and having ‘too many responsibilities’!”
But if a portfolio career appeals, the book shows you how to prove the nay-sayers wrong, whatever your age.
In fact, you lot – labelled ‘Generation Y’ – are ideally placed to become the first group of young people to adopt non-traditional working models like this, says Ledger. Quite simply, you want it the way you want it.
“Generation Y workers – those born between 1981 and 1995 – are already demanding flexibility, development and learning opportunities and increasingly they’re bringing a social conscience to work. A portfoilio career can allow them to tick all the boxes.”
If you aren’t sold on the idea of doing the same job for the rest of your life (Zzzzz….), find out more about the book on Amazon
– Ooh, and if you visit Ledger’s blog you can download the first chapter for free!