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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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This book is accessible, easy for busy people to dip into, full of anecdotes and real life examples of people who are doing it, in all manner of ways. What's more, it's bang up to date with hints, tips and resources to get you marketing and connected in today's digital world. The CAN DO sections at the end of each chapter provide structure for you to create the building the blocks for your own portfolio career. For those that need the reassurance, the book is well researched and has lengthy bibliographies at the end of each chapter, many of them including useful web links for further tools and tips.
I recommend this book to potential career changers, those about to embark on the redundancy opportunity, and people like myself who for years have squirmed every time they're faced with the question `and what do you do?'.
Katie and Barrie have produced a book which really will encourage you to look at the opportunities of a portfolio career, evaluate whether it's right for you, and many, many tools to help you get there.
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.
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