What is the single biggest obstacle people face when changing careers?
I get asked that question almost every time I’m interviewed about career change and my answer is always the same.
Think you’re too old to realize your childhood dreams? Think again.
Let me share a story I recently saw on the TODAY show. It’s about Barbara Beskind, an employee with IDEO, a well respected design firm based in Silicon Valley. In a company and industry dominated by thirty-somethings, Barbara Beskind most definitely stands out.
Barbara is 91 years young. She began working at IDEO two years ago – when she was already 89, an age at which most are slowing down, not gearing up.
There’s nothing like reading an inspirational second-act story to get you energized about the possibilities for semi-retirement.
I often write about those stories here on the site. But since I’ve hadn’t had much free time as of late to write, I wanted to share five stories that I recently found on the web. Enjoy!
1. From Exec Recruiter to Yoga Instructor (Encore.org): Felice Brenner turned her love of yoga into an encore career teaching Pilates and yoga at the VA medical center.
Takeaway Tip: ”You don’t want to be 70 or 80 years old and then say, ‘I could have, should have.’ Trust the things you love, get training or get motivated and something will happen that will lead you to the next thing.”
And the Oscar goes to…Okay, so clearly I am in no danger of being asked to walk the red carpet!
But I was recently interviewed by Sarah Hiner, President of Bottom Line Publications, as part of a video series called, “Conversations with the Experts.”
Sarah and I chatted about all things “career” for several hours. It was great fun, and as you’ll soon see, we covered lots of territory.
I often joke that when I ask people what they want to do in retirement at least half of them will respond, “Consulting.”
Jokes aside, this response comes as no surprise. Consulting can be a great way to bridge the gap between full-time employment and retirement. That’ s why I wanted to share three key points from a recent NY Times article that highlights consulting as a second-act career: