Sarah* is 27. Her profession? Portfolio working.
It’s a new term to describe an established concept – that of working on different projects, on a contractual basis, for the purpose of spending time on what you love.
It’s more than a work-life balance The Telegraph reports. It’s about building a portfolio that you’re proud of. Creating a life that you want to live and shaping your own career (yes, career) to fit that life.
The goal is not necessarily to work part-time, or avoid the office. The goal is to dedicate your professional / creative / consultative hours to a portfolio of work that you have chosen and you are proud of. (Working part-time and avoiding the office are just happy coincidences, I’m sure).
“As a young writer, I skipped around various industries trying to settle into something. I worked as a copywriter, interned with advertising firms, worked in fashion marketing, and even skipped back to academia for a time,” Sarah said. “I was always under the impression that a writer had to choose one thing, stick to it, and be the expert. It wasn’t until a friend suggested it- at a point where I was feeling really uninspired by the type of writing I was doing – that I decided to try juggling a few roles at one time. I started my own content company, and have worked on such an amazing range of work since… There have been interviews with Helena Christensen, national advertising campaigns, helping startups get off the ground, even futurism conferences when we talk about the world 200 years from now!”
Sarah says the concept pays off in the freedom it offers, as well as the creativity is inspires. “The variety keeps me sharp and interested. The idea of working in the same role, with the same work, all week absolutely horrifies me!”
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Hear, hear. But it’s not easy. Dedication and discipline are non-negotiable. Your portfolio is nothing more and nothing less than what you make it – a thought that is empowering professionally, but certainly challenging in the day-to-day, my-kids-need-me-at-this-event, the-beach-is-looking-more-appealing-than-my-desk, it-actually-counts-as-work-if-I-watch-this-episode-of-Girls-right? requirements (yes, requirements) of life.