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One Person/Multiple Careers: A New Model for Work/Life Success

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  146 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Are you a "slash"? With technology giving us the ability to work from anywhere and the nine-to-five grind becoming a thing of the past, more and more people are building careers filled with slashes.
From lawyer/chefs to police officer/personal trainers to mom/CEOs, these creative thinkers have discovered the antidote to boredom, burnout, job insecurity, and many other work
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 23rd 2007 by Business Plus
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Karl
May 13, 2008 Karl rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: young people; mid-lifers; more mature
For someone like me who hasn't thought in terms of living a slash life, it was eye-opening. I discovered I'm a slash at heart. I just need to get over the fear of trying to live it out. So, reading examples of how different people created their slash lives was very good; necessary. The book did seem to get a little redundant after a while. So, while I was energetically reading the book with fascination at the beginning, by the end, my enthusiasm waned. I found the example letters and resumes in ...more
Glenn
In “One Person/Multiple Careers”, Marci Alboher simply and clearly provides both anecdotal evidence and effective tools to help any person trying to expand the boundaries of their work life.

The book is both solid journalism as well as a real gift for those who find themselves struggling to determine how to shape their careers. It's a book that can help further one's desires for a more fulfilling career, and also, because of the wide variety of people profiled, and the care and passion with which
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Katie
It was alright. I love the idea of being a slash, and it was definitely interesting to see this defined and examples of how people live this out. I found that the attitudes of the people in the book were often a bit too "workaholic" for me; nonchalant references to people working 80 hours per week, for example, turned me off. In general though, I like the quest to find work that honors your authentic self, which I think, although convoluted at times, is the goal of many of the people the author ...more
Chris Jennings
This was a fun read albeit a little outdated. Not that I needed anymore encouragement when it came to unconventional work arrangements, but Alboher profiles a lot of interesting examples. It seems quite obvious to me that working on one project for one company at all times is a foolish situation in today's economy. This book does provide some helpful tips but its strength is really in the variety of case studies it provides. Alboher may want to release an updated version that touches on more mod ...more
Lestari Nurhayati
That's wonderfull book...so inspire...and soooooo "me" :)), I love it...that the answer for my career, this book explained about "slash career" and how to handle many activities.
Catherine Gillespie
I thought One Person/Multiple Careers: The Original Guide to the Slash Career would be full of helpful tips about work-life balance or doing two things at once, but really it’s more of a book about how to do something different once you’re done doing the first thing. It’s more about how to launch a second career, rather than how to do things simultaneously. In that sense, it wasn’t very helpful to me, but might be to someone else in a different situation.

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Megan
In the past year I've been complaining a great deal about how I'm not sure that the career I've chosen is one I want to do for the rest of my life. So, my sister got this book for me after she read about it in another book. I was optimistic about the idea of having a slash career when I first started reading. But, after just a couple of chapters in, I wasn't really warming up to the concept. In order to have a successful slash career, I believe you need to have a very strong passion for at least ...more
Jenn
This book is worth the read but the format of the book is cluttered and ultimately laborious.

The author interviewed real people who currently hold multiple careers. Unfortunately, she opts to jump from person to person and then close each segment or chapter with a two or three line summary. Throughout the book, she jumps back and forth between different people, sometimes returning to highlight a different perspective of a person she already presented, making the book far more complicated than it
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Danielle
This book was great! I am at the early stages of my 'main' career and am already feeling a pull to find a way to 'slash'. This book laid it all out, with fantastic examples. I read some critiques before I started the book, which complained that it was full of examples but no real advice. I found this to be entirely untrue. Perhaps these people have trouble extrapolating? Anyway, for me this book provided important clues as to what skills, qualities and attitudes I will need to possess to be a su ...more
Jina
Interesting read about people with multiple careers: neurosurgeon/TV correspondent, hotelier/yoga instructor, Olympic rower/lawyer/filmmaker/mom, programmer/theater director, finance guy/nonprofit founder, actor/real estate broker, and art consultant/Pilates instructor. I find myself thinking that most of these people must not have children, but it's a good reminder that a life is not encapsulated in a single career.
Kony
For me, this is the perfect message at the perfect time. Chapter organization isn't as elegant/intuitive as it could be, but the sections are digestible enough, and the writing style is engaging.

Part 1 profiles people thriving in self-created "slash" careers; Part 2 focuses on strategic/logistical tips. The author delves into jobs and skills ranging from manual labor to white-collar, showing that all sorts of role combos are possible with a little creativity, patience, and persistence. She also
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Maggie Tumenbatur
Great reading. Spot on. A lot of common sense. Helping me a lot to understand how other people handle all of these gracefully. We can do it!
Sarah
How to balance multiple professions all within one "career" instead of expecting to find all of your happiness/motivation/inspiration in just one job. This book is nothing revolutionary or complex, but such a simple solution to something I've struggled with since I was 18... Feeling like I had to pick ONE thing to excel at. The book is filled with examples of individuals that successfully balance multiple interests. For example the rabbi/comedian, or the realtor/writer, or the policeman/actor. A ...more
Karen
I ended up skimming a large portion of the book, but I have to hand it to the author because she made it easily skim-able. The book is a collection of case studies of people who have created "slash" careers, which can become somewhat redundant or too specific to that person's circumstances. I already have a clear idea of what my slash career will be at this point, so I was looking for more direction on the details as I begin implementation. Alboher uses bolded text and chapter summaries to highl ...more
Jen
The topic of this book sucked me in because of the three different career identities (journalist/writer, wedding photographer, and Spanish interpreter/translator) that have emerged in my life during the past couple of years.

It was a quick and easy read with a few good tips, but a little fluffier than I expected. Good format though with boldface type of important points and end-of-chapter summaries of tips. Also a good variety of personal stories. I'd recommend it as a quick read to anyone else w
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Stephen
Great resource. A little wordy and reliant on the bios of others. I don't believe that many would-be 'slashers' would find it easy to sit through reading without jumping ahead. Luckily the core concepts of each chapter are reiterated in short form at the end of each. The confusion that a multi-careered person faces at various stages in each career and each decision and start, as well as finish, is laid out well. The struggles are identified and suggestions to overcome them are plentiful and help ...more
Amani
This was a book I wish was around when I was in high school/college times. I identified with several of the stories shared. I am definitely a "/" (Slash) and proud of it. Interesting perspective on piecing together multiple "careers" to keep you happy almost all the time.

Me = Digital Media/Skin Care Professional/DJ

Amy
Inspirational quick read. I liked all of the various examples and stories of people living more fulfilling lives as "slashes." Definitely recommend this for people (like me!) that have many varied interests and have always wondered (a) is there something wrong with me, why can't I focus on one thing? and (b) how am I going to fit it all into one lifetime?

Agree it did get a bit repetitive and "fluffy" in a few spots, but overall interesting and well written.
Leanne
Very good book about new ways of workking - many people have multiple slashes or careers. Sometimes by necessity but mostly by desire to do different things to satisfy different interests and passions. Book contains many examples of people who have many dimensions to their careers and how they balance those in time and stages of life. A very interesting read and definitely provides ideas and tips for creating your own slashes.
Taneshia
This book kind of reinforced my decision to have multiple careers since it described numerous people who have and are in the process of doing the same thing. My number one issue is that the author went into grave detail about every person she met who is leading the life I desire but it was too much. There were too many examples and details about people's lives that I felt were irrelevant which made the book hard to enjoy.
Sandra
All I can say is WOW! For any or everyone dealing with the age old struggle of self identity, especially as it relates to work life, this is a wonderful, insightful, inspirational and truely useful book. Alboher combines true and stories, practical advice, useful exercises and tips with the not-so-original multiple identity idea to create a orignial self-help/career advice book.
Angela
Enjoyed the format of this book, showing how different people make "slashes" work for them.
Bojana Duke
Lots of ideas and inspiration but I wish a bit more time had been spent on discussion of the 'meta': how you figure out where to invest your time, what really constitutes a career, what allows you to identify with a particular profession. This is likely not the goal Marci set out with while writing this book, but for me it's what would have made it more complete.
laura
Timely reading for me, as I'm considering building a slash or two for myself. The examples of people having developed multiple job/career paths were interesting, but I found myself scanning towards the end of the book, as it became repetitive. Good sections on building different resumes, deciding if, how, and when to commingle careers, etc.
Tomomi Sasaki
The ideas of slashes had a huge impact on me when I read a long article by this author a long time ago. It's good to catch up. My only problem with this book is that it's all based on interviews, without any kind of numbers.
Marcia
I am already a slash so really, this book just confirmed a lot of my thinking already.

If you're of the mind that people can do/ be just one thing, then this is going to be super-valuable to you.
Karen
A good book exploring the possibilities of holding multiple careers at once. I think it would be useful for some people, but it wasn't exactly what I was looking for at this time.
Tara Shakti
Great for anybody who wears multiple hats, has many interests, gifts, and skills professionally--or who wants to! Great support for living a "slash" lifestyle!
Dennis Baker
A MUST read for any artist. There are good examples of how people are working multiple jobs that both have equal rewards, but for different reasons.
Anna
This book kept me up at night -- to think that one could fulfill their dreams by some innovative thinking and a little juggling is fantastic!
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