Create Your Own Portfolio Career
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我要創業!」大四那年,J 小姐就立下這個職涯目標。新聞系畢業後成為記者,她特別選擇跑財經與商業路線,接著又出國念了 MBA(企管碩士)回來,但是仍然想不出什麼好的生意點子。一天,她拿到了一張名片,印著「大學教職、企業顧問、編劇」等多元專業。對方說:“I listed all the things I can do well and made my own portfolio career.”與其天馬行空地找創業點子,不如實實在在地列出、並整合自己的所有專長,為客戶提供服務,這不就是一條自立門戶的道路嗎?


The word“ portfolio” is often used to describe a collection of assets held by an institution or a private individual to ensure a stable return of investment. It is based on the concept of not putting all your eggs in one basket. The idea of a“ portfolio career” is just like that.It involves multiple identities and the income may come from part-time employment,temporary work, freelance assignments or a personal business. Some portfolio careerists even have a full-time job, but will arrange their time to pursue other (A) lucrative interests.


A Portfolio Career is undoubtedly an emerging trend. Barrie Hopson, co-author of“ 10 Steps to Creating a Portfolio Career” says that this type of career offers a safety net—if you lose one or choose to quit a job, you’ll still have other sources of income, which is very attractive during the economic recession. 1 On the other hand, a much more fulfilling work-life blend is offered—for some people, it is even more rewarding than paychecks.

“Increasingly, people are nding that they don’t want to do the same thing 2 day in and day out,” Hopson says“. The traditional, single-track career pattern of the last century is now more dicult to nd, and if you do pursue that, you’ll almost certainly have to move between companies.”

「多職能工作組合」無疑是職場的一種新趨勢。暢銷書《創造多職能工作組合的10 個步驟》作者之一巴里‧霍普生表示,這樣的工作形式提供了一張安全網—如果你丟了工作或者選擇辭職,你仍然會有其他收入來源,這個優點在經濟衰退時期非常有吸引力。另一方面,人們藉由這種方式獲得更充實的工作與生活配置—對某些人來說,這比實質的薪資更有價值。「人們漸漸發現自己並不想每天都做同樣的事,現今也很難找到像上個世紀一樣傳統而單一路線的職涯模式,倘若你追求的是那種舊時代的職涯,你幾乎肯定要在不同的公司間跳來跳去。」

Creating a portfolio career is also a (B)down-to-earth way to start a business.After figuring out which skills you haveand how you can make them work, youmay 3 carve out a career for yourself.


Even if you don’t have a plan to leave the traditional work environment, you should still have the spirit of a portfolio careerist. By juggling multiple careers, you have increased flexibility and (C) adaptability, which are two key skills every employee in this post-economic downturn needs to succeed in the future.


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