And What Do You Do?: 10 Steps to Creating a Portfolio Career Paperback – 15 Oct 2009
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'A must-read for all career professionals and their customers who want a step by step guide to progress from earning an income from various sources in an apparent unstructured way, to creating a satisfying and enjoyable way to self-manage their career.' --Vivienne Brown, President, Institute of Careers Guidance
'Finally, a book that proves there's a new way of slicing the work pie and it's here to stay. As attention spans shrink and the world spins faster, portfolio careers mean diversity for older workers, excitement for younger workers and fulfilment for everyone. Why have one boring job-for-life when you can have several cool jobs-for-the-time-being?' --Tanya de Grunwald, author of Dude, Where's my Career? The Guide for Baffled Graduates
'Corporates have long known the benefits of having multiple suppliers, securing diverse revenue streams and building a portfolio of assets that play to their strategic strengths. This book is a must-read for people who want to apply these same principles to their personal lives for careers that are rewarding both financially and personally.' --Bruce Lynn, Director of Server Business Group, Microsoft UK
`This workstyle will become all the more accessible and realisable for the host of readers that I'm sure will devour this gem of a book. Fulfilment beckons...'See all Product Description
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I wasn't aware I had a portfolio career until I met Katie. Yet I was always a prime candidate for such an approach to work, never happy working for one company and always seeking variety and stimulation. A book like this would have been so helpful to me ten years ago when I was planning my move away from corporate life.
This is what makes it so timely now. With large numbers of people looking at what options they have following redundancy, this book is an excellent guide to how to decide whether a portfolio approach is for you, how to work out what you should be doing and then how to take it forward.
The sections on networking, personal branding and story telling are comprehensive and well written, while the enthusiasm for new technology and social media as useful tools bring the book bang up to date.
I would definately recommend this book to anyone who is at a career crossroads. It is also a useful guide for those of us already entrenched in portfolio careers, without actually realising it.
I decided not to return to my previous career - inflexible shift work, long hours, big commute - but was totally stuck about what to try next.
This book was a total inspiration - encouraging me to have the confidence to try something new. In fact, several somethings, at the same time. I now know how to identify my strengths, and find work which plays to them.
Katie and Barrie's book is not an easy read - it takes time to complete all the exercises and you'll find it forces you to do a lot of thinking. But that's exactly what I needed, and I'm all the better for reading "And What Do You Do?"
In fact I got offered a job yesterday! Portfolio career, here I come.
It's bang up to date technology wise, with great networking and marketing strategies which lever off new social media as well as good old fashioned `personal brand` building ideas.
Finally, the book is brimming with practical snippets of advice and stories to bring all the ideas life.
I'm a portfolio worker myself and I've learnt some of these lessons the hard way - I wish there was a book like this when I took the plunge.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Provides ideas through the experience of others for people who may feel guilty about wanting more than one career.Published 16 months ago by Daniel Kerkel
Makes the idea of creating several jobs at one time, from different sources, including freelancing and paid employment, look like it might be possiblePublished 17 months ago by Wrightaway_VU
Useful information and helps to plan your portfolio future. Could have some more information for recently redundant or out of workers. Easy to read and usefulPublished on 1 Jun. 2013 by Maggie Martinho
What I liked about this book is that it takes you through a process of understanding what a portfolio career is, its pros and cons honestly laid out, to how you might do it... Read morePublished on 4 Dec. 2011 by KarenMac
Nature of work changes nowadays. We are looking for new possibilities, more flexibility and more and more interesting challenges. Read morePublished on 26 April 2011 by Marcin Kwiecinski
If you've ever dreaded that perennial question `And What Do You Do?` you're probably in a role that can't be quickly put into an acceptable dinner party soundbite. Read morePublished on 28 Feb. 2011 by Jane Woods
This is a fascinating book that is as practical as it is thought-provoking. I alos love the fact that, for a non-fiction personal/professional development tome, it actually has a... Read morePublished on 15 Feb. 2011 by Sean
What I like most about this book is that it gives support to the many people who have work interests in more than one area. I like to see mine as a series of projects. Read morePublished on 21 Dec. 2010 by Helen Green
There are times in life when a simple explanation can turn chaos into sense.
This book creates one of those moments. Read more