This week the Guardian shares an interesting article looking at the rising prominence of ‘portfolio careers’ (splitting working time between two or more employers) among graduates. It uses a number of examples to examine the motivations for why more and more graduates are working this way. The full article can be read here.
Portfolio careers are by no means exclusive to recent graduates and it certainly feels that the rise is just as prominent in experienced professionals. Undoubtedly, the troubled economy will have been an initial factor for why so many people are now working this way and it will be interesting to see, with the economy recovering, if the rising trend continues or if we see a return to more conventional employment styles. It feels as if the last few years have created a situation in which portfolio careers have become socially acceptable – much less eyebrow-raising – and that this in itself may be reason why they are now here to stay. There are many advantages after all. Apart from being perhaps a more interesting and enjoyable way of working, there is a lot to be said (from a job security point of view) for not putting all your eggs into one basket, and it is certainly a way of optimising on networking opportunities. It will be interesting to see if they are a passing fad or if they become a big feature of the future employment landscape.