Creating your own portfolio career
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit). For more information click here
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Course Code: CMTB15
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
The impact of the Covid pandemic on the world as we know it has meant that many of us have had to rethink the way we work. In this climate of instability, Portfolio workers are said to be the fastest growing group of workers in the UK. The portfolio career model is a popular choice as it allows individuals to combine multiple income streams which can provide not only a greater sense of financial security, but can also provide the chance of more fulfilling and flexible work, as it allows expression to an individual’s many interests, skills and talents. The portfolio career also has the advantage of enabling individuals to experiment with self-employment in a low risk way. This course will help you to consider how a portfolio career can work for you, as well as sharing expert advice on how to thrive whilst following this progressive work model.
What will we cover?
• What is a portfolio career and why is it so popular now?
• Types of portfolio career
• The many benefits of adopting a portfolio career model
• The challenges of a portfolio career
• Skills, qualities and characteristics compatible with a portfolio career model
• Your vision of an ideal work portfolio
• Ways of getting started
• Next steps to move your ideas forward.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Gain knowledge of what is meant by the term portfolio career and the reasons for its recent growth in popularity
• Recognise your own motivation for wanting to create a portfolio career
• Be clearer about the benefits of a portfolio career and the challenges
• Consider your own compatibility to a portfolio career
• Discover ways in which to create a portfolio career by focusing on various types of existing models
• Visualise your own portfolio career
• Create an action plan to allow you to work towards your vision step by step
• Identify the elements which allow experienced portfolio workers to thrive.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No prior training, experience or skills are necessary, just the ability to follow simple verbal and written instructions and a willingness to contribute verbally to group discussions and question and answer sessions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This course is very interactive. The learning will take place through sharing ideas, group discussions, question and answer sessions and individual written exercises. Work outside of the class may be suggested but is voluntary.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There is no additional cost. Please have a pen and blank paper handy and if possible some coloured felt tips or coloured pencils too.
The exercises and handouts will be on Google classroom, so it is suggested you print them before the course starts and have them to hand during the course, or if you can’t print them, then have some blank sheets of paper and pen with you to write down your answers to questions.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Grow in confidence with networking - for work and business, career change workshop.
Lila is a Career Counsellor and Educator with over 20 years' experience supporting people with career, employability, and personal development issues. These include career happiness, identifying natural skills and talents, self-employment, networking and career choice. Lila started her career in the retail business as a Merchandiser and Buyer. After 10 years Lila realised she needed her own career happiness, which meant the freedom to manage her own career, as well as working in a profession where she could help people in a meaningful way. She retrained as a Career Counsellor, gaining an MSc from Birkbeck College, London. This led her to create her own portfolio career, working within many interesting public and private sector organisations and also running her own business supporting individual clients. Lila has developed, written and delivered bespoke workshops and courses to learners of all ages within FE colleges, charities and businesses. She especially enjoys the diversity of City Lit students' backgrounds.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.