Who your boss is, is often more important than the organisation you work for. I like the idea of flipping the relationship. Hire your boss. Like sports players have coaches and agents etc. The act of going to work should be a combination of practice, and performance. Often we are just fighting fires, and there isn't anyone looking with genuine interest at the trajectory. With jobs for life, maybe that existed. Portfolio Work is a different way of approaching a career. Instead of working for a company, you need to build the support you need separately. Then if you leave a job, you don't leave your support. You can also split your salary into parts. A permanent bit, and the bit contributed by your work. By building a buffer and an engine, over time you will increase your capacity for periods of research, training, recovery and idea generation.