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Oct. 11, 2022

How to Reframe the ‘Portfolio Career’ dilemma

‘How do you Reframe the so-called ‘Portfolio Career’ dilemma?’

Jonathan & Cynthia discuss:

  1. When considering options believing there are ‘no false steps’
  2. Does your age affect your willingness to run ‘career experiments’?
  3. What actually is a portfolio career?
  4. Studying a process versus a specific domain or industry
  5. Getting really clear about what you want your days to look like

Ever hear the phrase portfolio career? It’s become shorthand for blending different things to create a career and a living that draws upon and expresses different interests and passions. In today’s episode, listener Michael, shares the story of his ‘portfolio career’ as he describes it and the pros and cons with that working style.

Michael has gained experience in teaching, tutoring, managing a not-for-profit program and even coaching and is now completing a masters in design. As graduation approaches, he is contemplating what to do next. When reflecting on his portfolio career he shares a love of the flexibility, freedom and creativity it enables, and a dislike of the responsibility, organization and lack of security that it brings.

In today’s episode we’re in conversation with:


Cynthia is the founder of the Original Impulse creative studio and atelier and coaching program for writers, she’s also an author, workshop facilitator, trusted advisor and coach.

LISTENER: Michael - Sparketype: Advisor/Maven | Nurturer

QUESTION: Listener Michael poses the question, do you follow your latest area of interest and continue to collect portfolio career roles or should you find a traditional employer and potentially more job security and collaboration?

YOUR HOST: Jonathan Fields

Jonathan is a dad, husband, award-winning author, multi-time founder, executive producer and host of the Good Life Project podcast, and co-host of SPARKED, too! He’s also the creator of an unusual tool that’s helped more than 650,000 people discover what kind of work makes them come alive - the Sparketype® Assessment, and author of the bestselling book, SPARKED.

So what is your Sparketype? Turns out, we all have a unique imprint for work that makes us come alive, this is your Sparketype. When you discover yours, everything, your entire work-life- and even parts of your personal life and relationships - begins to make sense. Until you know yours, you’re kind of fumbling in the dark. 

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