How I got a portfolio career

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Last year when I was exploring what I wanted to do next in my career I met with a careers advisor who suggested a ‘portfolio career’ might be the direction to go.

I wasn’t entirely sure what a portfolio career was and how you approached getting one but looking back over the past 12 months of self-employment I now know.

It’s happened by stealth rather than design, people asking me if I can take on certain work.

My ‘portfolio’ of work to date covers a lot that is obvious but also many areas I hadn’t initially considered as a freelance:

• Content writing

• Copywriting

• Ideas generation/content strategy

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A lesson in moderating panels

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The first panel I moderated I was thrown in at the deep end, there was no training or coaching, it was just a case of taking a deep breath and muddling through as best I could.

Moderating was always seen as part of my job as a senior B2B journalist, not quite an expectation but something that was actively encouraged.

‘Performance journalism’ I called it – asking questions in front of an audience – but it wasn’t something I thought about or signed up for when considering the job.

That first panel was terrifying but I survived, learned a lot and continued to learn from subsequent sessions.

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Video: Manchester’s smart growth area opportunity explored at MIPIM panel

North Manchester has a huge regeneration opportunity.

Straddling the boroughs of Oldham, Bury and Rochdale, three strategic sites with more than 3,500 acres between them could accommodate a third of the commercial space identified in the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework and a sixth of the housing.

At MIPIM last month I asked a panel of representatives from the public and private sector about the importance of the opportunity within the context of the Greater Manchester market.

https://player.vimeo.com/api/player.js Manchester’s Smart Growth Area: For Homes, Jobs & Connected Communities from Manchester at MIPIM on Vimeo.