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Manage your portfolio career

An increasing number of people build their careers by combining several paid activities at the same time. This offers the opportunity to carry out different kinds of work, use a variety of skills or combine paid and voluntary work. A portfolio career can also give you the flexibility you need to balance work and family responsibilities. Use our guides, books, articles and links to find out more about portfolio careers as a career option.

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Crash course in... Building a portfolio career

You're feeling jaded with your corporate career and want a bit more variety in your working life. The idea of mixing a number of roles in a portfolio career intrigues you, and with the employment outlook uncertain, this is a good time to see what's involved in building one.

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The Library provides full text access to a selection of key business and reference eBooks from leading publishers. eBooks are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users. If you are unable to access an eBook, please see our Help and support advice or contact library@icaew.com.

Balance your life and work

Offers practical advice on how to get the best from your job and still have a life.

How to make partner and still have a life

A practical guide to achieving professional goals.

It's not a glass ceiling, it's a sticky floor: free yourself from the hidden behaviours sabotaging your career success

Professional advancement for women in the workplace.

Manage your time: how to work more effectively

A guide to improving personal efficiency.

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Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Living a Portfolio Life

Provides tips for those aspiring to live a Portfolio Life.

Crash course in...Building a portfolio career

Offers tips on how to establish a portfolio career.

Are you ready to go portfolio?

Giving up the rat race for the freedom of a freelance professional life might be a daydream, but does the reality live up to the fantasy?

Useful links


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Exploring the rise of the portfolio career
Article published in Economia on 03 November 2016 on the rise of the portfolio career and the challenges it presents for professionals.

Bored with nine-to-five? Eight ways to build a portfolio career
With freelance careers becoming increasingly popular, this article from the Guardian offers tips on how to balance different roles and acquire new clients. Published on 26 September 2016.

What to do when you want to do everything: Could a portfolio career be right for you?
Article from Careershifters providing insight into portfolio careers. Includes the benefits of a portfolio career, potential downsides and how to get started.

Portfolio careers
Article from career coach Denise Taylor which answers common questions asked by those considering a portfolio career.

10 portfolio career tips
Article by career and job-search expert Randall S. Hansen which provides guidance for those interested in building a portfolio career.

Portfolio careers (THE)
Article from the Times Higher Education supplement giving more details on portfolio careers as a career option.

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Accounting for International Development (AfID)
Voluntary organisation which offers qualified accountants the opportunity to use their professional skills during voluntary international placements. Assignments last between 2 weeks and 12 months and form part of an ongoing strategy to build the financial management capacity and long-term sustainability of non-profit organisations around the world.

Reach is a skilled volunteering charity which matches qualified professionals with suitable voluntary opportunities that will utilise their career skills. You need to register to see a list of volunteer opportunities available. The charity also runs TrusteeWorks which helps skilled professionals to find challenging and rewarding trustee opportunities.

VSO volunteer
The Voluntary Services Organisation website provides information on how to volunteer and lists current vacancies available for qualified professionals.

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