Why a Portfolio Career is great for Multi-Passionates
A portfolio career is great for multi-passionate thinkers and other creative thinkers. A portfolio career means having multiple careers going at the same time.
For example a teacher/photographer. It’s also known as a "slash-career", which Marci Alboher has written a popular book about.
A portfolio career often involves one main job where you have to be at a specific place and one self-employed activity (online business or freelance work). But not always, some people hold down part-time jobs in different fields.
The self-employed and freelance model can take longer to pay off financially but that doesn't mean it's not a career.
This is the case for me personally: I work part-time in a children's nursery and I love being with these little fabulous people. They make me laugh every day and I am grateful to be part of their lives. And then I have this blog and coaching business, which is the home for my soul. This is where I learn, teach, communicate and connect my multi-learning skills, like helping people through the creative process of change and getting clear on purpose and goals.
This is where I make sense of my life, meet wonderful women from all over the world and I couldn't do the nursery job without having this too.
Is a portfolio career for multi-passionates?
Multi-passionates have portfolio careers. Being multi-passionate is a type of person who has multi-passions, multi-interests, multi-jobs and multi-careers. It’s not a big deal anymore, it just makes sense in todays world.
What also makes sense, is to create potential multiple income streams. It also makes sense to explore the multi-potential you have within you. You are so much more than one thing, you are a changing being, e frequency of energy with unlimited potential. It makes sense to explore different sides of yourself and do different things with your life.
As you know, the days are over when you get educated for one job, which you then have the rest of your life (although a lot of education systems has yet to catch up to that fact - but that's another blog post)
Multi-passions leads to multi-skills, and some of those skills are flexibility, adaptability and social skills.
These particular skills are essential in this social, post-economic-crisis world we live in now.
These very skills also make you more emotional intelligent.
Being emotional intelligent is important today, not academically intelligent and companies like Google have realized this (great article).
Is there a downside to having portfolio careers?
I don't really see any. Yes, it helps being a bit organized but it's not a big deal. You live every day how you want, doing mostly stuff you want. How can that be a bad thing?
Having multiple income streams is a smart move in any economy but what is most important is using the different sides of yourself. You might not always have several jobs at the same time but on and off thoughout your working life. It’s not important how many jobs you have but that you do work you enjoy and that you feel fulfilled by. I have tried many jobs since I started my working life and although it’s not been always been easy or fun, every job is a step closer to clarity and purpose. It’s part of my life’s process. I encourage you to create a portfolio career you thrive in. Best of luck. :-)