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The Art of Portfolio Pursuits: Insights + Inspiration for Creative Careers

The Art of Portfolio Pursuits: Insights + Inspiration for Creative Careers | Flourish Careers Podcast


Today I bring you the second segment of “Flourish Together,” a monthly segment dedicated to curated conversations with industry insiders sharing wisdom and strategies for improving your work and well-being.

I’m thrilled to introduce you to Cassie Spencer, a fellow career coach and expert in higher education and career development. She’s here to share her wisdom with us!

Cassie has designed a “values-based portfolio career” for herself. This means she has created multiple income streams that align with her core values and the kind of lifestyle she desires. It’s an innovative approach that many of you have expressed interest in, and we’re diving deep into it today.

So, what exactly is a portfolio career? 

It’s a working style where you combine different sources of income, such as full-time or part-time employment, freelancing, or consulting. 

The magic lies in self-management—you can call the shots. You get to choose: 

  • When and where you work
  • Who you collaborate with
  • The type of projects you take on

For those who crave autonomy, a portfolio career can be incredibly rewarding.

Don’t miss out on this informative conversation with Cassie as we discuss the ins and outs of a values-based portfolio career and discover how it can transform your lifestyle. 

Tune in now and get ready to be inspired! ✨

Key Takeaways From Today’s Episode

What is a Portfolio Career?
A portfolio career is a working style that involves combining multiple income streams, such as:

+Part-time employment

The key theme of a portfolio career is self-management, where individuals have the freedom and flexibility to choose when they work, whom they work with, and what type of work they engage in. 

This level of autonomy can be rewarding for those who value career independence.

Challenges of Managing a Portfolio Career
While a portfolio career offers freedom and flexibility, it also presents certain challenges. Two main challenges discussed in the episode are: 

  1. Potential lack of stability 
  2. Context switching

As income streams may vary, there might be periods of financial uncertainty. Additionally, managing different projects and roles simultaneously requires individuals to quickly adapt to different work environments and switch between tasks, which can be demanding.

Skills and Qualities for Success in a Portfolio Career
Several skills and qualities are essential for success in a portfolio career. These include:

+ Creativity
+ Openness
+ Adaptability
+ An entrepreneurial spirit
+ Self-discipline

Let’s dive into why these are essential:

Being creative allows individuals to develop unique offerings and stand out in a competitive market. 

Openness + Adaptability
Openness and adaptability are crucial for learning new skills, adjusting to different work environments, and embracing change. 

An Entrepreneurial Spirit
An entrepreneurial spirit helps individuals continuously evolve their careers and seize opportunities. 

Self-discipline is important for managing time effectively and staying focused on various projects.

Bonus Takeaway
Networking plays a significant role in building a successful portfolio career. By connecting with potential clients, collaborators, and mentors, individuals can gain valuable opportunities and insights. 

Developing networking skills, both in person and online, is crucial for expanding one’s reach and establishing meaningful relationships within the industry.

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Connect with Cassie:
Podcast: Happenstance
Podcast Instagram: @HappenstanceThePodcast
Career Coach Instagram: @CareerCoachCassie

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Want more career wisdom? Check out these podcast episodes!
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Permission To Take A Career Break + 5 Lessons From 100 Days Away From Corporate America

For more insider stories, quick tips, and #CareerTalk, I invite you to connect with me on Instagram @flourish.careers.

June 14, 2023

The Art of Portfolio Pursuits: Insights + Inspiration for Creative Careers

The Art of Portfolio Pursuits: Insights + Inspiration for Creative Careers

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