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

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  328 ratings  ·  50 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
Mar 21, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Jenn
Jul 30, 2008 rated it liked it
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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Myrthe
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though it's about slashers the US only, I still found plenty of inspiration and food for thought in the personal stories told in this book. I read this at the right point in my life.
Catherine Gillespie
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: work
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.

{Read my full review here}
Glenn
Dec 18, 2007 rated it really liked it
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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Felipe Lemos
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Good, but could be better... only describes several stories of people who carries multiple careers.
Lestari Nurhayati
Jan 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
Claire Aherne
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
On the recommendation of Brené Brown in 'The gifts of imperfection' I bought this book. I doubt it would have come across my radar otherwise. I'm so glad I came across it as leading a 'slash' life is something I am very interested in but I didn't know it was truly possible or could be successful until this book!

The book is an easy read and is based mainly on examples/case studies rather than heavy theories. It presents the idea that it is possible to create the life you want to live by choosing
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Juan Pablo
Apr 11, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a fun book to read, I love the idea of multiple careers, since I never felt I had a true calling or something specific I wanted to do. And while reading this book I realized that even if I had a true calling, I would also like to try other things. He testimonies featured are very interesting and motivating, but I felt I was not the direct target of this book. It talks about how people with stablished careers and families adopt and adapt to a new career, and I just starting to get work e ...more
Reinhard
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Two or three great ideas but really dry overall

I do believe she is on to something. Multiple careers could be the key to simultaneously pursuing your passions while being practical about monetary needs. It’s a great how to on not hating what you do your whole life. The book is filled with lots of unnecessary fluff. Her writing style is also a bit annoying. It doesn’t keep you from putting the book down.
KJ
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not bad but I was very disappointed that the book didn't provide a single bit of information regarding the financial logistics; such as health insurance, handling benefits, taxes, etc. And the examples leaned so heavily towards authors and speakers that it didn't feel comprehensive at all. Other than those two big dings (for me) it was an interesting read.
A
Aug 24, 2018 rated it liked it
It’s more like 3.5 stars. It had some great recommendations and made some very valid points. It wasn’t earth shatteringly interesting but it was helpful. Too many examples for my taste. But it has a very helpful appendix section at the end.
Bree Dunscombe
Lots of "food-for-thought" stories about people blending multiple career paths and vocations into one fulfilling life. Not much practical info, and the how-tos that *are* provided certainly aren't new, but still an interesting read.
Lauren Butler
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent resource for anyone trying to juggle multiple interests or careers! A bit outdated though- internet, social media, etc. have changed a lot of things about living the "slash life" since the book was written.
Haley Spigner
Jul 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I think in 2007 when this was written, it was probs uber helpful and kinda ground breaking but at this point...almost every one I know has a “slash profession” and rocks it!
Megan
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
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
Danielle
Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-the-kindle
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
Kony
Aug 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
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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Brianna
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
While the idea of being a "slash" or someone who has multiple careers and hobbies they pursue is great, I found this book to be little more than a collection of way too many anecdotes that were far too similar. I lasted to page 61 before it just got too repetitive with way too little value. The format is basically story after story of so-and-so (mostly friends or contacts of the author?) and their journey from one career to adding second and third careers. And while kind of interesting, it didn' ...more
Katie
May 30, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Stephen
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
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
Karen
Nov 05, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Sep 07, 2008 rated it liked it
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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Sarah
Sep 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Amy
Apr 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
Taneshia
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Leanne
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Jina
Aug 01, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
Amani
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
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

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