I recently presented a webinar for Georgetown’s alumni career services department (welcome to the site to all who attended!) and afterwards I received a lovely thank you note from one of the attendees.
While I appreciated the thanks, what really caught my attention was this sentence, “I am on a medical leave from work due to cancer, and I am looking to transition into something that will give me the flexibility to go to my medical appointments while I recover.”
Before getting into today’s post, I wanted to share some exciting personal news. Yesterday, my nephew and his wife welcomed healthy identical twin girls into our extended family.
Now of course, the birth of a baby is always cause for celebration. But given the obvious (that it’s two!) and because of the high-risk nature of this particular pregnancy (both babies shared one amniotic sac which necessitated a 45-day hospital stay) we are doubly elated.
I’m happy to report that despite their early arrival, both girls are thriving and already have us wrapped around their teensy-weensy fingers.
And so, in honor of the arrival of our newest family members, it seems an appropriate moment to write on the topic of how to infuse meaning into a second act. As we grow older, many of us hope to use our second acts to leave the world a better place for future generations.
But how to best do that? How can you use your hard-earned professional expertise in a way that really matters?
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.”