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Courtney E. Martin
Composing a Life: More Next Next Titles to Make You Feel Important
1 Comment | posted March 27th, 2007 at 10:49 am by Courtney E. Martin

If you thought social entrepreneur was an exciting new title, I’ve got yet another possibly ridiculous but still impressive sounding super-modern descriptor for your super-modern life: portfolio career.

Apparently, what my mom did in shoulder pads and massive earrings back in ’88—clinical social work/community organizing/mothering/newspaper founding/film festival running—is now called a portfolio career. I got one too—writing/teaching/filmmaking/consulting/singingoffkey/publicspeaking. On good days I called it “liberating freelancing,” on bad “crippling insecurity and black hole emailing,” but I never called it a portfolio career.

I might feel a little ridiculous using the title, but I’m glad that the language around careers is straining to catch up to the reality. More and more people—especially us youngins—are cobbling professional and personal lives together in new and creative ways. We are no longer settling for well-trodden paths just because they give us something to tell our extended family at holiday time. We are no longer settling for 9-to-whenever-the-boss-feels-like-taking-pity-on-us-jobs that leave us tired and unfulfilled. Then again, sometimes I wonder if I’m the meanest boss of all.

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  1. Kate Torgovnick

    Amen. I kind of dig this term, event hough it does evoke the image of stock brokers elbowing each other down Wall Street. But, hey, at least they’re not calling us professional bums.

    March 28th, 2007 | 6:39 am

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