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One Person/Multiple Careers: A New Model for Work/Life Success Paperback – Bargain Price, February 23, 2007
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Her latest book, The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life, will be published by Workman Publishing in January 2013.
She is the author of One Person/Multiple Careers: The Original Guide to the Slash "/" Career (originally published in 2007 and re-released in 2012), which popularized the term "slasher" to refer to those individuals who can't answer "What do you do?" with a single word or phrase. She also created the "Shifting Careers" column and blog for The New York Times and the "Working the New Economy" blog for Yahoo. Her articles have appeared in scores of national publications, including Time Out New York, Travel and Leisure, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The International Herald Tribune and More magazine.
Marci makes frequent appearances in the media, offering advice and commentary about slashing, encore careers and other workplace trends. She has been featured in such outlets as the Today show, NBC Nightly News and National Public Radio, as well as countless print and web publications.
Marci is on the advisory boards of The Op-Ed Project, which focuses on increasing the number of women and minority voices in public conversations, and She Writes, an online community for women writers. She holds an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University.
A bit of the personal: Marci grew up on the Jersey Shore, living above her family's motel, and has lived in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Hong Kong. She always finds her way back to New York City, where she has spent more than 15 years. In her free time, she reads, travels, walks (excessively) and plays low-stakes poker. She lives in Greenwich Village with her husband, an entrepreneur/designer, and their French bulldog, Sinatra.
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Other authors have attempted to describe what Alboher calls "slash careers," with considerably less success. What makes this book work is the emphasis on realism. Alboher offers numerous examples. We learn about teachers who become real estate agents and fashion models, lawyers who become artists and writers, and at least one banker who does hip-hop.
Because so many stories can be overwhelming, I do not recommend attempting to read the book in a single sitting. Instead, read a little here and there and begin to take notes.
The second part of Alboher's book attempts to be a "how-to," but continues to use stories as examples. I believe Alboher's guidelines are unusually realistic and thoughtful. She covers points that might escape the new slash careerist, such as legal and ethical conflicts of interest, inviting specialists to supplement her knowledge. For example, she asked a workplace specialist to create 10 guidelines for balancing parenting and career. A flextime specialist explains the need to focus on economic reasons for flextime, not just good intentions. And a coach presents an excellent "ask your friends" exercise that would help almost anyone exploring a new field.
I particularly resonated to the section on boundaries between the two careers. In my own case, I still maintain a career consulting website. But I also offer copywriting and website marketing services, based on what I learned from this site. I find my clients don't have a problem, but marketing consultants often become critical and advise me to drop one or the other. Alboher answers the question, "How much to tell?" correctly: "It depends.Read more ›
Once you decide you want to pursue a slash career, though, there are better books than this one to help you with the details. More on that later.
A slash career is one that includes more than one role at a time. Alboher, for example, lists her roles as author/speaker/coach. Her inspiration for the book was Angela Williams, lawyer/Baptist minister, and one of the stories in the book is about Mary Mazzio, lawyer/filmmaker/mother. You get the idea.
Alboher gives us well written stories that show how her subjects found greater health and satisfaction by adding a slash role to their work lives. At the end of the first part, I thought, "Yeah, I get it. I can see how a slash career could be much more rewarding than just a series of single careers."
The second part of the book was a bit disappointing, however. This is where Alboher attempts to give us tips for how to make a slash career work. And this is where I don't think the book measures up.
In spite of the subtitle, Alboher does not present a coherent model for success in a slash career. And many of her tips are simple common sense. I guess I was looking for more practical advice than I got out of this section.
That having been said, the real value of this book is in the stories of people who are succeeding as slashes. I'd recommend you buy two books to help you with your own slash career.Read more ›
I love the idea that the web is a slashers best friend as I get ready to launch a bigger business while maintaining my existing two slashes. One Person/Multiple Careers clarifies that it can be done, how it can be done and that the most fulfilling, make-a-difference-in-the-world careers are slashes!
An entrepreneurial streak is common among slashes, as is a willingness to be flexible. Some develop a hobby into a career sideline while others have one career serve as an anchor to another riskier venture where the income potential is unknown. She notes that writing, teaching, speaking and consulting can easily be combined with many careers. One chapter is devoted to "parent slashes" who want to create a work life that fits around how they want to parent. Advice on how to anticipate conflicts among slashes as well as potential time management issues are also addressed. According to Alboher, one of the greatest benefits of the slash approach is the ability to take control of one's work life and identity.
For both individuals and career coaches, One Person, Multiple Careers offers information about finding slash-friendly employers and a valuable appendix with samples of how to present oneself in resumes, narrative biographies, business cards, and web sites.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I recommend this book, which should be been titled, "The Slash Effect." Great material; would've been greatly helped if the title of the book was "The Slash... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Adam H.
This book is well written and appropriate for the changing nature of work in the U.S. Just am rereading it, and need to act on her advice for really getting my slash career going!Published 17 months ago by Tina
Reading about people who were able to pursue their various interests was really inspiring. Their advice and examples on how they juggle several roles were right on point. Read morePublished on September 18, 2013 by MDB
Well written, comprehensive, and, best of all, suggests ways to figure out a second (or third) career without the book. Can't get much better than that.Published on April 7, 2013 by William J. Bean
Just read Marci Alboher's One Person / Multiple Careers and loved it!! 4 years ago I started a journey of becoming a slash without even knowing what it was. Read morePublished on November 24, 2012 by Andy
Sometimes we find a book that encourages us to keep going and to expand our horizons. As Jim Rohn once said, "Some of the information will be so dramatic that your life will never... Read morePublished on September 22, 2011 by Carlos Jimenez
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The title refers to the prevalence of a "slash" in people's lives these days - people who instead of seeing themselves as an "accountant", consider themselves an... Read morePublished on June 23, 2008 by Bill Reid
I have bought this book in order to figure out HOW to make my interests a slash career. Instead, this book is nothing that stories about and resumes of people who have multiple... Read morePublished on April 20, 2008 by A. Katz