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Chasing the American Dream: One Way… or (Many) Others…

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Welcome to my blog!  For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been pondering the questions: “What should I blog about? What is my value to others? What makes me remarkable?”  My first thought was, “I’ll just blog about my current career (manufacturing/operations).”   Nah.   Then I started to think of some other things that I was good at, like trading stocks.  I started my own personal stock portfolio a couple years ago and it’s nearly doubled in value over the years.  That’s pretty good if you ask me.  I also thought about the things I truly enjoy doing and always wished I could make a living out of, like graphic design and website development.  Then it hit me.   I’m not going to blog about any of that.   Instead, I’m going to blog about helping people realize their skills and abilities and assemble them into what I call a “Professional Portfolio.”   What is a Professional Portfolio, you might ask?   It’s essentially the same as a stock portfolio, except a Professional Portfolio is a combination of professional skills and abilities that you could turn into successful careers.  By learning how to create your Professional Portfolio, you can prepare yourself for uncertain times.   This process is what I call, “Professional Diversification.”

My inspiration to blog about Professional Diversification was derived from two people who are very close to me.  I just earned my undergraduate degree in business with a major in supply chain management.  I got an internship in the summer of 2009 and was hired full-time the week after I graduated.  After only six months as a full-time employee, I was offered to work on a project that will likely lead to a promotion if I do well.  While I’ve been quickly climbing the ladders where I work, getting raises and bonuses every year, others aren’t so fortunate.  Some people decide to go back to college when they’re 50 years old to be a better candidate for that big position at work, only to find out that once they get their degree, that position isn’t available anymore.  Some people are months away from retirement, but due to budget cuts, they’ve been forced to take pay cuts and demotions.  Some people are at risk of losing their jobs completely due to downsizing.  The purpose of this blog is to help those who are encountering uncertain times in their current work environments by engaging in Professional Diversification.

My future blog posts will help you discover what you are good at, how to get better at what you aren’t good at, turning your personal interests into professional careers, creating and maintaining your Professional Portfolio, and marketing your portfolio via social media networks.

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  1. Gian Sorreta
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    Very cool. I’m interested to see how creative you can get with this.

    • Eric Chaump
      February 11, 2011 at 7:46 PM

      Thanks Gian. I’m glad you’re interested. Stay tuned, there will be more to come!

  2. March 9, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Hi Eric, I love your term “Professional Diversification.” It has always been a firm believe and I have often said, “Diversity is the key to staying employed.” By becoming diversified, I have been valuable to my employers, have never been fired or laid off from a job, and have always been able to find work, even in tough economic times. I look forward to following your work. – JoAnn

  3. March 9, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    JoAnn

    Thanks a bunch for the comment! I’m glad to see you’re interested in my topic. I like what you have to say about being diversified within your current job/company. Being diversified can give you the opportunity to move to a different department if your position is eliminated, rather than being completely laid off.

    Thanks,
    Eric

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