Portfolio Careers- The new way of working?

A job for life is now becoming less common and even when embarking on a particular profession or training route there are always options to retrain or go into other sectors later on down the line.

If like me, you picked a degree because you enjoyed the subject, but did not really have any idea of what you wanted to do after graduating, you would not be alone. I fell into a portfolio career several years ago without even realising it. Having taken a series of temporary contracts after I graduated, I then combined a series of part time jobs along with freelance and project work. I now thoroughly enjoy the variety and the breath of skills I use and the experience I have developed.

Portfolio working is now frequently becoming more popular for people who want to combine a variety of interests, skills and experience. It could involve for example, working part time as a freelance photographer, walking dogs, baking cakes, teaching evening courses or writing. Also, with the increase in part time working, it provides the opportunity to combine several part time jobs at once. With a portfolio career you no longer have one main job, one employer, but a series of jobs and employers within one or more professions. It is highly likely that certain industries portfolio working will be more common such as the creative fields where there are often short term and temporary contracts.

The portfolio career is an attractive option particularly during the recession where effectively you are spreading the risk, so if one goes you still have the other income streams to fall back on. Having been put at risk of redundancy on a number of occasions now in the last 8 years, I find that combing my part time work as a career advisor and freelance work takes the pressure off as I am now not solely reliant on one income. Portfolio careers can also fit around commitments such as raising a family and gives you the freedom to pursue a variety of interests.

However, for a portfolio career to be successful you do have to be highly organised and proactive to ensure that if one contract comes to an end you have something else lined up. At times it’s quite the juggling act and can be stressful to manage all commitments. I usually find that for me September and January are the really busy times so I have to plan ahead. Establishing a reputation can also take time, so you may want to have one firm income to rely on until this happens. It can also be challenging to juggle a variety of commitments and deadlines and to also capture all of this experience on a CV.

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