Careers Advice Failing The State Sector

Dear Readers,

having read today’s article in the Evening Standard today about Careers Advice failing the state education sector in the UK, it struck me that perhaps portfolio workers could play a valuable role in proving to young people that there are alternative work options to the accepted norms.

Creating a generic Careers Service for all could have its benefits, but let’s hope they also encourage young people to look at a range of work options and not only force them down the route of a ‘socially acceptable” career. I pray that the new Careers Service proposed for creation next year will listen to creative thinkers such as Ken Robinson on the subject of preparing young people for their future.

They must embrace creativity, we are asking young people to prepare for a future career in an unknown world yet to happen, so they must be prepared for creativity and innovation.

 

Twitter Tip

Dear Readers, for an interesting Twitter to follow, look for @ImpactFactoryUK. Some great insight into personal development as well as inspirational tips.

Portfolio Profile: Leela Bunce, Shinetime Laughter Workshops

Please describe your average working week. I’m very pleased to say there never is an ‘average’ week – they are always different. Most days involve some admin at home, usually looking very glam in my dressing gown and big dog slippers, some phone calls and a bit of CBBC for inspiration in my ‘breaks’. When I’m not home, I’m out meeting other performers, buying costume/prop items and, of course, earning money! Leading laughter workshops and performing in cabarets all over the country and Europe!

Oh, and I work in a nursery one day a week with little ones, all under three.  So my week really is spent with people of all ages.


“Mistress of Merriment and Mirth”

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Portfolio Reading

Dear Readers,

I recently spoke to an acquaintance about the value of portfolio working and she recommended a book on the subject. Apparently its a really good read. I’ve yet to read it myself so will let you know what I think of it but if you are interested its available on Amazon.

 

Portfolio Profile: Luke, Goodlogic Projects

Please describe your average working week. My work is divided between working from an office two days a week for a really interesting, ongoing project, and three days which can be filled with everything from meetings to print or web design and youth seminars. Having a backbone of structured, regular work is really important for a variety of reasons, not least because it keeps you connected to others as a part of a team.

I  manage and develop projects in the educational and cultural sectors. From creating educational materials to teach German through football and pop music to leading youth seminars and providing consultancy for museums, these projects take an innovative and creative approach to learning and conveying information.

Good. Logical. Innovative.

Project management,

and development in education and culture.


What do you love most about this type or work? What motivates you? I love the series of ‘voyages’ that project work brings. It gives me the freedom to structure my own time, as well as the possibility to communicate with people and co-operate on a creative ‘product’ from start to finish.

What are the biggest challenges facing you as a portfolio worker? I think many people outside of this line of work might expect the uncertainty of future employment to be the biggest challenge, but this is actually one of the things that least concerns me. I think as a portfolio worker that if you do good work, one thing will (hopefully) lead to the next.

Instead, I believe that any project, big or small, has a similar, basic quantum of planning and liaison, which is vital in order for the project to be a success. The challenge is to carry this out effectively and efficiently – if you get it right, everything else will follow.

Why did you choose this style of work? I find it stimulating, and appreciate the fact you are never more than a step away from embarking on a new journey.

What’s your vision for your future career path Onwards and upwards! More of the same, combined with new projects and new experiences.

Could you offer any useful tips, links or advice for those looking at choosing a portfolio career? Look closely at the way you want to live and work, and play to your strengths. If you’re the kind of person who can organise your own work, motivate yourself and others and present arguments clearly and concisely, project work can allow you to shape a fantastic and rewarding career with a work / life balance exactly tailored to you.

If you decide project work is for you, remember it’s always best to establish a ‘tripod’ of clients / main projects. You can balance on one leg if necessary and stand on two, but with three legs on the ground, stability is guaranteed.

Luke’s website

http://www.goodlogicprojects.org

Portfolio Profile: Deborah Henry-Pollard

Deborah Henry-Pollard

Please describe your average working day/week. Mmmm – that is a problem as there isn’t anything average about my working life. The closest to average that I get is the beginning of the week which tends to be when I do my general management work for one client. However, within that, I could be writing a funding bid, devising a 3 year strategy, designing a leaflet, writing a newsletter, bookings gigs, selling tickets, updating a website… I work with clients I am coaching or mentoring and these sessions are very intense and demand a great deal of concentration. I try to plan these fairly evenly, but as it is important to fit in with my clients, I might find myself with either none or five sessions in a week. I do ad hoc promotional work with a dance club and with groups to support other people in their portfolio working. And I also spend time promoting and planning for my business.

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