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.


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

‘Portfolio working’ – an alternative working style

In a time of world recession and economic troubles we need to be flexible and embrace change. Having worked in the creative and media industries for a few years now my work has gradually and developed into a portfolio of work, roles and projects and I love it. This was an organic process but has led to some really nourishing and fulfilling work.

My work includes marketing management for a creative SME in the TV industry, creative arts production, performing my own cabaret act, acting and voice over, associate in training for a training company, and the occasional bit of freelance proofreading for a publisher.

I don’t want to sound like a confused individual, so believe me all these areas are connected and work together in unison very well. As many of you out there this kind of work can be stressful, risky and you must be able to multi-tasking, but the important part of portfolio working is to make it work for you, and learn when to say ‘no’.

In the current economic climate ‘freelancers’ have taken a hit. There have been recent periods of ‘not working’. But I can honestly say that the best thing to do is try to stay motivated. Make your own opportunities to build on your own personal career development. Study something, learn a new skill. This can only work in your favour.

This blogging profile will aim to offer thoughts, tips, rants and raves on the subject of portfolio working, let’s keep in touch.

Things to read for inspiration:

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers

Funding for career-related courses:

Career Development Loans with Barclays or the Cooperative bank.

An Open University definition of Portfolio Working:

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