Question for you.
How do you know when to edit or evolve your portfolio career?
I was reflecting on this recently during a career retreat and came to the conclusion that there are ‘push’ and ‘pull’ factors.
‘Push’ factors are negative things that cause you to re-evaluate. ‘Pull’ factors are things that attract you so ‘pull’ you to want to change the mix of your portfolio career.
Top 11 ‘Push’ factors
- Low satisfaction or fulfillment
- Doesn’t help you to progress or grow
- Poor money for the effort/time
- More competition for work
- Doesn’t fit your career vision
- Bored of doing the same work
- Technology replacing demand
- Trend to in-house from freelance
- Stressful or feels like hassle
- Doesn’t fit with your personal values
- Unreasonable deadlines or demands
Top 11 ‘Pull’ factors
- Builds your career capital
- Learn a new skill
- Stimulating new challenge
- Broaden your network
- Good money
- Emerging new work area
- Work you can do flexibly
- Work you can do from home
- Project with people you like
- New ‘string to your bow’
- Aligns with your longer-term vision
What would be your top 3 ‘push’ and ‘pull’ factors?
Defining your own portfolio career ‘push’ and ‘pull’ factors helps you to screen work options and feel clear about what projects you say ‘yes’ to and ‘no’ to.
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