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One Person/Multiple Careers: A New Model for Work/Life Success [Paperback]

Marci Alboher
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23 Feb 2007
From banker/chef to surgeon/playwright to mother/CEO, this is the new job description. This may well be the answer to job insecurity and work-life conflict plus burnout and boredom. The job for life has lost its place as a symbol of economic security and now workers realise that it's up to them to cultivate other income, marketable talents and ways to feel fulfilled. The result is 'The Slash Effect', an evolving workforce in which people are defined through multiple identities rather than just one job title. Consider the following: nearly one-third of the US workforce does work that need not be done in a specific location; with the advent of computer networks, the Internet and video conferencing, people can handle multiple assignments from different employers; about one-quarter of American workers are self-employed. That means about 30 million people are free to pursue a 2nd vocation without seeking permission from an employer. 'Work life' has become the buzzword of the modern workplace and employers are embracing flexibility in new ways.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Business Plus Imports (23 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446696978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446696975
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 698,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This unique guide explains how to pursue multiple careers at once and feel more fulfilled in today's modern workplace.

About the Author

Marci Alboher is a professional living in New York City. A lawyer turned journalist, she is also an author/speaker/writing coach

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One Person Multiple Careers 22 Aug 2009
Before I read this book I assumed it was about people that have several jobs/careers and how they go about managing them. The book is mainly about becoming successful. It has loads of vignettes of how various people the author knows or has come across has managed to combine two or more careers. However, I found it a bit elitist. Most of the stories illustrated are of people working 90 hours a week to fulfil their ambitions so there is not much work-life balance. The author herself has a number of careers but is divorced and the book leaves me thinking, yes you can have all this success but at what price?
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must read! 31 July 2007
This is an incredibly readable--and useful--take on how to have multiple satisfying careers at once that cater to your different skills and interests, with tons of fascinating profiles of people out there who are already doing it. So if you're one of those people who is never satisfied just doing one thing with your life, but fear you'd have to give up passion in order to pursue another, go out and get this book. You will fear no more. Plus it's loads of fun...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of buried treasure here 5 Jun 2007
By Dr. Cathy Goodwin - Published on
It's been awhile since I read a book that I wanted to recommend to career and business clients. This one makes the cut

Other authors have attempted to describe what Alboher calls "slash careers," with considerably less success. What makes this book work is the emphasis on realism. Alboher offers numerous examples. We learn about teachers who become real estate agents and fashion models, lawyers who become artists and writers, and at least one banker who does hip-hop.

Because so many stories can be overwhelming, I do not recommend attempting to read the book in a single sitting. Instead, read a little here and there and begin to take notes.

The second part of Alboher's book attempts to be a "how-to," but continues to use stories as examples. I believe Alboher's guidelines are unusually realistic and thoughtful. She covers points that might escape the new slash careerist, such as legal and ethical conflicts of interest, inviting specialists to supplement her knowledge. For example, she asked a workplace specialist to create 10 guidelines for balancing parenting and career. A flextime specialist explains the need to focus on economic reasons for flextime, not just good intentions. And a coach presents an excellent "ask your friends" exercise that would help almost anyone exploring a new field.

I particularly resonated to the section on boundaries between the two careers. In my own case, I still maintain a career consulting website. But I also offer copywriting and website marketing services, based on what I learned from this site. I find my clients don't have a problem, but marketing consultants often become critical and advise me to drop one or the other. Alboher answers the question, "How much to tell?" correctly: "It depends."

Finally, at the end of the book, Alboher presents some examples of resumes, bios and other promotional material. It's important to view these pages as possibilities, not models. Alboher carefully points out that some people have totally different resumes for their careers, while others offer creative combos. Apart from being slash examples, the resumes could be viewed as models of resume-writing. The "Billy Shakes" bio is not to be missed.

So what's not to like?

Well, I couldn't help noting that most (though not all) of Alboher's examplary slashers were on the young side -- rarely over 40, let alone 50 or 60. My clients tend to be mid-career professionals and they'll gain a lot from this book. But they may have trouble seeing themselves in many of the stories.

Second, nearly everyone in this book seemed to fall into a second career by accident and to achieve great success, apparently without effort. There's little sense of planning or decision-making. In contrast, Herminia Ibarra's Working Identity takes readers through struggles of ordinary career changers who conducted research and attempted to create a process. Alboher quotes briefly from Working Identity and I believe these books nicely complement one another.

Toward the end we do hear about a few conflicts, as when a teacher took too many absences to pursue his wrestling career. But surely some people set out to seek a slash, only to find they lack aptitude or interest as they explore further.

These quibbles do not represent fatal flaws. I plan to recommend this book to a few of my current clients as soon as I finish posting this review.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Un-Put-Down-Able 17 Mar 2007
By Nancy Weiser - Published on
I found One Person/Multiple Careers to be un-put-down-able. As a mom/Holistic Health Counselor I will use the book's concepts in both my counseling and my parenting. Exploring the slash experiences of so many fulfilled, exceptional and accomplished people is making me rethink how I am raising my three daughters. It had seemed to me for quite awhile, until I read the book in fact, that narrow and deep was the path to great success. It took me several careers, a fancy MBA and a long hiatus to start a family, to finally integrate my passions and my career.

I love the idea that the web is a slashers best friend as I get ready to launch a bigger business while maintaining my existing two slashes. One Person/Multiple Careers clarifies that it can be done, how it can be done and that the most fulfilling, make-a-difference-in-the-world careers are slashes!
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If you want more than 9-to-5, this book will help 8 Mar 2007
By Kent M. Blumberg - Published on
If you feel you can do more with your life than just your current Nine-to-Five role, Marci Alboher's new book, "One Person/Multiple Careers: A New Model for Work/Life Success" may be for you. Alboher has collected the stories of a myriad of successful slash careers, a collection that will convince you that you, too, can do it.

Once you decide you want to pursue a slash career, though, there are better books than this one to help you with the details. More on that later.

A slash career is one that includes more than one role at a time. Alboher, for example, lists her roles as author/speaker/coach. Her inspiration for the book was Angela Williams, lawyer/Baptist minister, and one of the stories in the book is about Mary Mazzio, lawyer/filmmaker/mother. You get the idea.

Alboher gives us well written stories that show how her subjects found greater health and satisfaction by adding a slash role to their work lives. At the end of the first part, I thought, "Yeah, I get it. I can see how a slash career could be much more rewarding than just a series of single careers."

The second part of the book was a bit disappointing, however. This is where Alboher attempts to give us tips for how to make a slash career work. And this is where I don't think the book measures up.

In spite of the subtitle, Alboher does not present a coherent model for success in a slash career. And many of her tips are simple common sense. I guess I was looking for more practical advice than I got out of this section.

That having been said, the real value of this book is in the stories of people who are succeeding as slashes. I'd recommend you buy two books to help you with your own slash career. First, buy Alboher's book to feed your emotions and convince you it can be done. And then, turn to "The Right Job, Right Now," by Susan Strayer, for a career action model and advice that will guide you down the road to slash success. When you get discouraged, read another story or two in Alboher's book. When you need to know what to do next, pick up Strayer's work.

Kent Blumberg, manufacturing executive/author/coach
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will help give you the courage to pursue your own "slash." 22 Feb 2007
By Gretchen C. Rubin - Published on
As the many fascinating mini-profiles in this book demonstrate, there are a lot of people out there who want a "slash" in their career -- either by making a transition from one career to another (I'm a lawyer/writer myself) or by adding another aspect to an established career (speaking, writing a book, teaching, etc.). ONE PERSON/MULTIPLE CAREERS shows how satisfying this model can be -- and far more useful, how to pursue this model effectively. This is the rare career book that a person wants to read in a single sitting -- it's that interesting.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marci Understands the Work/Life Connection 16 Nov 2007
By William Arruda - Published on
Marci is a great writer and clearly explains how we can no longer be defined by one narrow career. She acknowledges that we are complex, multi-faceted beings and that's what makes us interesting and successful. She has captured the essence of careers in the new millennium and provides a lot of food for thought. This is a great read!
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