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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 a professional living in New York City. A lawyer turned journalist, she is also an author/speaker/writing coach

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Business Plus
  • ASIN: B001Q3M79M
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,620,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dr. Cathy Goodwin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 5, 2007
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It's been awhile since I read a book that I wanted to recommend to career and business clients. This one makes the cut

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.
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If you feel you can do more with your life than just your current Nine-to-Five role, Marci Alboher's new book, "One Person/Multiple Careers: A New Model for Work/Life Success" may be for you. Alboher has collected the stories of a myriad of successful slash careers, a collection that will convince you that you, too, can do it.

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.
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I found One Person/Multiple Careers to be un-put-down-able. As a mom/Holistic Health Counselor I will use the book's concepts in both my counseling and my parenting. Exploring the slash experiences of so many fulfilled, exceptional and accomplished people is making me rethink how I am raising my three daughters. It had seemed to me for quite awhile, until I read the book in fact, that narrow and deep was the path to great success. It took me several careers, a fancy MBA and a long hiatus to start a family, to finally integrate my passions and my career.

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!
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As the many fascinating mini-profiles in this book demonstrate, there are a lot of people out there who want a "slash" in their career -- either by making a transition from one career to another (I'm a lawyer/writer myself) or by adding another aspect to an established career (speaking, writing a book, teaching, etc.). ONE PERSON/MULTIPLE CAREERS shows how satisfying this model can be -- and far more useful, how to pursue this model effectively. This is the rare career book that a person wants to read in a single sitting -- it's that interesting.
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When people ask "What Do You Do?" it's not often that we hear: "I'm a rapper/money manager; personal trainer/police officer; restaurant owner/yoga instructor; theatre director/computer programmer; lawyer/Baptist minister; psychotherapist/violin maker; or pilates instructor/art consultant/author." These are what author/speaker/coach and former lawyer Marci Alboher calls "slashes": people who pursue multiple careers or vocations simultaneously. In her book, One Person, Multiple Careers, Alboher's extensive research and interviews with those who have developed slash careers reveals valuable themes about how these careers evolved and advice for making them work.

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.
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