I recently stumbled on an article which I’d written last year for jobs.ac.uk about career change and the motivation of moving away from a current situation or towards new job opportunities. There is content in the article which I think will be of interest to portfolio careerists and I’ll reflect on some of the key points in this blog. The original article can be found at this link http://bit.ly/UTwTw8.
What is your “moving towards” motivation when embarking on your portfolio career?
Is it also important to consider what you are moving away from?
I decided to go portfolio at a mid stage in my career and was drawn to do so by the flexibility and the freedom to try out and explore new opportunities. Writing is one opportunity which has emerged for me as a result. Not sure I would be writing this blog unless I’d branched out and made space in my work life for creative stuff.
I was also motivated by the chance to give myself options in the second half of my working life. I enjoy and value having a regular contract within a big organisation as part of my portfolio and wouldn’t totally rule out the idea of returning to work full-time in one job for one employer again. This however would be with the knowledge and experience I’ve gained from developing a range of skills and by working on a self employed basis. I can now turn to my portfolio of skills and experience to manage my future career.
Enough about me! Would you like to share your motivations for working portfolio on this blog? It could be a great way to promote your work and skills to potential clients, employers or collaborators.
Consider these questions?
Have you been pushed to develop your career by taking on bits and pieces of work because there was no alternative of full time work?
Or would you describe your situation as a “Move Towards” scenario where it was a choice to do what you want and work portfolio?
Have you made a positive choice to build up a portfolio of skills, jobs and experience?
How would you describe the journey?
Do contact me if you would like to be one of our career stories on this blog or if you have any other comments or questions about this post.