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Portfolio careers are a non-traditional approach to jobs, the job market, and career management. Portfolio careers are usually built around a collection of skills and interests, though the only consistent theme is one of career self-management. With a portfolio career you no longer have one job, one employer, but multiple jobs and employers within one or more professions.

The term “portfolio career” is attributed to the British management expert Charles Handy who predicted that the model of having a full-time job working for one employer would not endure. Instead, he envisioned a model in which an individual works for multiple employers, sometimes simultaneously, performing a series of short-term assignments. In this new model, everyone would be self-employed and responsible for planning and managing his/her own career.


Boyd, Sandra and Kim Spurgeon, “Lifelong Career Management.” In Blythe C. Shepard and Priya S. Mani (editors). Career Development Practice in Canada: Perspectives, Principles and Professionalism. Toronto: Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC), 2014, p.407.

Hansen, Randall S. “Portfolio Careers: Creating a Career of Multiple Part-Time Jobs.” Quintessential Careers. Online: (Retrieved on August 8, 2014)

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