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Annual Career Checkup-2013: An Appointment with “Dr. Laura”

You get an annual checkup for your body;…now it’s time for one ON YOUR CAREER!

Is your career “healthy”? How can you know without assessing for “career cancer”, or “job jitters”?

Start by asking yourself these questions:


Does it feel like your career is at a dead end, but you’re not sure what to do about it?
Are you frustrated by the lackluster results of your job search efforts?… Finish reading

How to Navigate Uncertainty in Your Career

Book Review: The Time between Dreams. How to Navigate Uncertainty in Your Life and Work by Carol A. Vecchio.

Change happens. Some look the other way and deny it. Others embrace change and its new opportunities, adventures, and horizons. However you approach it, change comes to all of us eventually in our careers, in our relationships, and in all areas of our lives.

Carol Vecchio has helped people navigate these … Finish reading

Laid Off After 50: How Oregon Women Can (And Why They Should) Switch to Nonprofits

NOTE:  This post was originally published Dec. 2, 2012 on the Mac’s List blog .  Losing your job in your 50’s and early 60’s can be painful financially and emotionally, but many Oregon women in this age group that I work with are thinking about focusing their job search on the nonprofit world. If that’s you, too, it could be because you haven’t been able to find your old job … Finish reading

Passions & Life Story Revealed on Your Bookshelf, Not on a Kindle!

I sat down early Thanksgiving morning to honor the day and to also reflect on how this day is different from last year’s Thanksgiving:

My Mother is no longer at the bountiful table because she died this year in July, at age 90.
Some friends with whom I usually share this meal have moved away, passed on, or didn’t connect to offer their usual invitation.
Some risk-taking folks serendipitously offered… Finish reading

Recommended Reading

I recently added a feature which lists the books I recommend you read. These are an excellent resource to any job seeker, but will be particularly helpful to “boomers” interested in Encore Careers.… Finish reading

Silly!….It’s Who You ARE, Not What You DO!

An Identity Crisis — can be far worse than a Midlife Crisis.  Why is it so easy for people to confuse what they DO with who they ARE?  ***  “Should” Happens ***

Because our job has taken over a huge chunk of our lives.
It’s all about the money and the prestige of the job title.
Despite  popular shared spaces, the Corner Office is still King/Queen.
People love to use… Finish reading

Before Career Search – Who Am I Really?

Your “Discovery Zone” …..let’s explore WHO YOU ARE before you look start searching for a new career!

In my coaching work with clients, either one-on-one or groups, I am always very clear that I will only work with people who are willing to be significantly OPEN to the possibilities available to them in their life’s work.  This is particularly true if they are purposeful in finding a different career path … Finish reading

Your “GPS” for Making a Complete Career Change

“Career Changer” – this is a follow-up to my July 19th blog on the 3 strategic choices for career change.

A quick review:  The three strategic career choices to evaluate are:  *  a Career Recycler * a Career Changer * a Career Maker.   You can look back at that July 19th post HERE to get caught up on the details for the Career Recycler.  Today I am focusing in on … Finish reading

How to Become a Successful Career Recycler

Career Recycler – this is a follow-up to my July 5th blog on the 3 strategic choices for career change.

A quick review:  The three strategic career choices to evaluate are:  *  a Career Recycler * a Career Changer * a Career Maker.   You can look back at that July 5th post HERE to get caught up on the details of each of these choices.  Today I am focusing in … Finish reading

Steps in the Fascinating Puzzle of Career Choice

“It is better to do your own duty, however imperfectly, than to assume the duties of another person, however successfully.  Prefer to die doing your own duties: the duties of another will bring you into great spiritual danger.  [Bhagavad-Gita]

“Insist on yourself; never imitate…. Every man has this call of the power to do something unique, and no man has any other call……Obey thy heart.” [Ralph Waldo Emerson]

In the … Finish reading

Should I Change Careers?

I’ve devoted this week’s blog to bringing you a compelling article about career change, written by Barbara Safani.   New York City area-based Barbara describes her business self as an: Executive Resume Writer, Career Coach, Job Search Strategist, & President at Career Solvers.   She specializes in managing job search campaigns for six-figure professionals and executives who know where they want to go, but need assistance uncovering the most efficient path.  So … Finish reading

Personal BreakThrough: How MORE became LESS!

Today I have the pleasure of introducing a guest blogger to you.  Barbara Mencer  has a message to share that will resonate deeply with those of you who have your own business and struggle with maintaining an optimal balance between that business and the other aspects of your life.  Sound familiar?  Barbara  is a professional coach and co-founder of Business BreakThrough Institute, a coaching, consulting and training company dedicated … Finish reading

Subscribe to Obtain This Booklet of Inspiring Examples of Encore Professionals

Are you 50+ and looking for more meaningful, flexible, and low stress work in this second half of life? Subscribe to obtain this booklet of inspiring examples of people who found their own Encore Careers with passion, purpose, and a paycheck! You will also receive Laura’s weekly blog posts with more valuable insights on reinventing YOU!

The pitcher cries for water to carry
and a person for work that is … Finish reading

An Encore Career Nightmare!

“Go with your gut when attempting to reinvent yourself!”  exclaims Jerry Larsen, who should have known better when he didn’t listen to his own sage advice.

Hey, I know this sounds totally self-serving, but Jerry badly needed a career coach before he jumped into his encore career.  He had taken an enhanced pension offer after a successful 23 year career with Pacific Northwest Bell.  Now mind you, Jerry was … Finish reading

Jane Fonda: Life’s Third Act

In July 2011 Jane released a new book  “Prime Time: Love, Health, Sex, Fitness, Friendship, Spirit – Making the Most of all of Your Life”.  She also produced a TED Talk in December 2011 which was released this January.  She is very passionate about researching the lives of the over-50 generation, and in which we find an extra 30 years added to our life expectancy.   Jane’s metaphor for the … Finish reading

Innovation: Found By Re-Inventing Yourself in “Second Half of Life”

Last week I wrote a guest blog for Bea Fields on the topic of INNOVATION.  The reference in that write-up was regarding product and process innovation in the US as compared to China.  But in looking at the 78 million Baby Boomers in the US population today, with 10,000 of them turning 65 daily for the next 18 years,  you realize that there is a huge opportunity for a … Finish reading

Mention of ” Knowledge Transfer” as an Encore Career per Dr. Paul G. Young


Encore Careers with Knowledge Transfer

 I just had to share with you this Blog written by the author below, was wise enough to know when to let his encore career go.   His second to last sentence:  “What we can do is mentor, consult, and teach. In those ways, we can maintain our performance skills and realize continued value from our experience” is a real-life example of … Finish reading

Career-Related Reflections on the Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson…..from his Essay on Spiritual Laws, 1841

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I am currently taking a course in which we recently read this particular essay.  I was struck by Ralph Waldo Emerson’s clear insights on a person’s “calling” and “vocation”, which are just as fresh today as they were in 1841.  Take a look….

“Each man has his own vocation.  The talent is the call.  There is one direction in which all space is open to him.  He … Finish reading