PORTFOLIOS AND PAs - Executive PA magazine piece published in October

Every job has its low points and some days it feels like the good bits of your role are bits you get to do the least of. Imagine a job where you do what you enjoy and command an excellent wage for specialising. Wouldn’t it great if you could cherry-pick the best bits of your job and jettison the worst?

Maybe you can. It’s called a Portfolio Career and, according to the experts, many of us would be naturals at it.

With a portfolio career you work multiple part-time jobs that combine into your full-time role. This could include part-time or contract employment, self-employment options such as running your own business, as well as charitable and volunteer work. Portfolio careers are usually built around a collection of core skills and interests, and you call the shots on what skills you want to use. Dr Barrie Hopson, co-author of “And What Do You Do - 10 Steps to Creating a Portfolio Career" believes that many PAs already possess the skills needed for a successful portfolio careerist.

“People who thrive on portfolio careers are self starters and excellent time managers who cope well with stress and pressure. They love to learn and can multitask. Typically portfolio workers are also well organized and do not need careful supervision. They are used to becoming effective team members quickly and just as quickly to move out to become part of a new team or take on a new role.”

Is it for me?

Would a portfolio career suit you? According to Dr Barrie Hopson, co-author of “And What Do You Do - 10 Steps to Creating a Portfolio Career", it might just be your dream role if you are:
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  • an excellent time manager and organiser
  • able to work well under pressure
  • happy with little separation between your work and the rest of your life
  • a risk taker
  • self directed
  • high energy and assertive
  • comfortable being your own boss
  • not hung up on financial security
  • a networker and marketer
  • can work to deadlines and learns from mistakes
  • a self-starter
You can find more information, and further suitability quizzes, online at www.portfoliocareers.net

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