Am I Too Old to Reinvent Myself?Aug 24, 2009
by Mark Gleason
photo via pixabay
Q: Let’s be realistic. Can those of us “baby boomers” really expect at our age to transition to a new career, follow our dreams and reinvent ourselves? Can a lawyer become a dog trainer or a nurse a winemaker? —Pete, Seattle
A: Absolutely! Over night or within a couple of weeks? Absolutely not!
Career transition is a journey. “Transit” is the key word in transition. It is a step-by-step process. I have worked with countless baby boomers who have either made a “180 degree career change” or are in the process of doing so: financial-sector couple turned vineyard owners; Motorola plant assembly-person turned dog daycare owner; nurse turned horse breeder . . . and the list goes on and on. You CAN do it: One step at a time.
Brian Kurth is founder and president of Pivotplanet, a career coaching firm, and also of VocationVacations, a firm that arranges a few “vacation” days on the job—on your dream job, that is—in a real company or organization, so you can get a firsthand feel for a profession that you’ve been considering. He also is the author of “Test-Drive Your Dream Job: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding and Creating the Work You Love.”