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One Person/Multiple Careers: A New Model for Work/Life Success Paperback – February 23, 2007
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For those already slashing through multifaceted professional lives, Alboher's collection of profiles of people juggling multiple roles may offer the comfort of knowing others are doing the same. For those recently separated from a job or seeking greater fulfillment from life, Alboher's fascination with people working through dual existences may reveal an alternate path to success. Like the psychotherapist/violin maker she interviews, Alboher has abandoned an easily described career as an attorney to become a journalist, author, speaker and writing coach. Her book is less about making career changes than changing how one defines a career and making adjustments for a more satisfying life. After focusing a bit too intently on how multilayered careers get their start, she segues into more action-oriented advice, including experimenting with different identities before making career-altering changes; how to keep income flowing; and how to market oneself once one adds a slash or two to one's job description. When the disparate threads of one's life are woven together in this way, she argues in this creative and satisfying guide, "the whole of you comes out." (Feb.)
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About the Author
Marci Alboher is an author/speaker/coach. She became interested in career reinventions when she left the practice of law to become a freelance journalist. Marci is now a regular contributor to the New York Times, a sought-after speaker, and a coach to aspiring writers and professionals in transition.
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1. Her examples often seem to focus on the artsy-fartsy type of "second careers" like theater, music, performing arts. This kind of begged the question of whether "slash careerists" just tend to not be successful in those challenging arts careers; she really never answered it honestly or tackled it. I mean. . .I get it. So what? But is this all about "Get a day job?" for an actor or yoga instructor? Or is there something synergistic? I'd like to see her authority grow on this matter in an unbiased way.
2. The layout wasn't very good. It wasn't visually appealing. This could be an editor problem more than a writing/author problem.
3. Sometimes she got caught up in rambling about a persons slash career; she could have condensed a little of people's life stories. The reader needs her to filter better.
All this said, none of the above would discourage me from recommending this book and I plan to two friends and I may pursue what appears to be an update. Kudos to the author for contributing to this subject which I think will grow.
Carrie Lane, art consultant/ Pilates instructor
Dan Milstein, computer programmer/ theatre director
Angela Williams, lawyer/ Baptist minister
Robert Childs, psychotherapist/ violinmaker
Ronald Hoffmann, Nobel Prize-winning chemist/ poet, playwright
Oscar Smith, police officer/ personal trainer
These are some of the interesting "slashes" that are profiled in Marci Alboher's "One Person/ Multiple Careers: How The `Slash Effect' Can Work For You" (Warner Business Books, 2007). Including both inspirational anecdotes and nuts-and-bolts advice, Alboher shows how to customize your dream career with a portfolio of multiple simultaneous careers.
One of my favorite insights is the model of combining Anchors and Orbiters, picking jobs that might have a fixed location, schedule or season (Anchors) and complementing them with jobs that are more flexible (Orbiters). Alboher then shows how Anchors (e.g., a 9-5 corporate job) can become Orbiters when a slash decides to freelance or start a business with those same skills. In this and other ways, Alboher translates how slashes effectively juggle so much, and the benefits and pitfalls associated with slashing. Alboher even has a chapter on working parenthood and the inevitable slash effect of parent/ fill-in-the-blank job.
This is a must-read for anyone considering a slash or already a slash. As an entrepreneur/ success coach/ recruiter/ teacher/ actor/ parent, I felt a sense of community as I read this book, and I got a lot of practical tips on how to optimize my own slash effect.
The premise was intriguing to me since I've always considered myself a "slash", if you will. A jack of all trades, a renaissance man, etc. From my very first job I've always done work on the side and have added quite a few "slashes" to my ID over the years, so I was really interested in this book's promise to help you integrate them into a single identity.
What I got was a lot of stories about other people's multiple careers and some generic tidbits like "develop your new career while you're on the job". Lame.
If you want to get inspired by hearing stories of other people who are making money from side interests, go for it. If you're trying to do the same, don't expect any revelations.