And What Do You Do?

And What Do You Do? 10 Steps to Creating a Portfolio Career’ by Barrie Hopson and Katie Ledger, published by A & C Black. Full price £12.99

If you’ve ever dreaded that perennial question ‘And What Do You Do?‘ you’re probably in a role that can’t be quickly put into an acceptable dinner party soundbite. It’s possible then that you already have a portfolio career!

If you don’t know what a portfolio career is, this book will tell you, as well as giving you a series of questions to determine whether you are cut out for the portfolio lifestyle.

A portfolio career is one where you work for at least two separate employers, maybe in totally different roles or maybe similar.

Real Life Stories

In the book are several stories of real people who have taken the portfolio route which will either inspire you or fill you with dreadful awe. Your response will give you a clue as to whether portfolio working is for you! If you’re still not sure, early on in the book you get a great checklist of questions to help you determine whether portfolio working will suit you.


It uses a lot of the techniques I like and recommend to my own clients, such as mind mapping, being creative with colour, and it’s full of practical and helpful exercises you can actually do in the book itself- a workbook and a resource rolled into one!

Overall this is a really useful book to have in your library, whether you are looking to change jobs or not. The exercises will help you think seriously about your current role and at the end you’ll be clearer about the career direction you’d like to take. Can’t say fairer than that!

Available from all good bookshops, your local library and of course, via this Amazon link. (Please read my book reviews policy for information on Amazon)


Posted on January 6th, 2010 by

2 Responses to “And What Do You Do?”

  1. Thanks for the great review. My guess from perusing your website is that you too are a portfolio worker. Welcome to the 1.4 million that we think already exist in the UK.

    • Jane says:

      Hi Barry, how nice to hear from you!
      A portfolio worker? I suppose so although my accountant calls me a limited company! I hope the book is doing well. I like the combination of information, stories and practical exercises.

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