Lots of us Baby Boomers either can’t retire, or don’t want to, but the prospect of changing careers (even—or especially—designing one of your own) can feel tremendously daunting. I personally think this is a wonderful time to launch an encore career (click here to learn why). But that doesn’t take away the fact that the process can feel overwhelming, if not downright terrifying.
This week’s BSR Broadcast guest spent thirty years “wandering the proverbial career desert” (in his own words!) and has lived to tell the tale. Not only that, he’s lived to guide others along the path that has brought him to his very own career paradise.
Marc Miller is the founder of Career Pivot which helps Baby Boomers design careers they can grow into for the next 30 years. Marc authored the book Repurpose Your Career: A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers published in January 2013, which has been featured on Forbes.com, US News and World Report, CBS Money-Watch and PBS’ Next Avenue. Career Pivot was selected for the Forbes Top 100 Websites for your Career. Marc has made six career pivots himself, serving in several positions at IBM in addition to working at two successful Austin, Texas startups, teaching math in an inner-city high school and working for a local non-profit. You can learn more about Marc and Career Pivot by visiting the Career Pivot Blog or following Marc on Twitter or Facebook.
His work with Career Pivot represents his seventh career, and he’s learned his most crucial lesson: “Most people don’t really know what makes them happy at their core, what fulfills them.” His passion is helping Boomers find that core joy, and then empowering them to “pivot” by designing a career that fulfills them…and that they can grow into.
If you can’t tell, Marc and I have very similar passions, so this should be a wonderful conversation. One of my great joys in leading the Encore Entrepreneur program at the Portland Community College SBDC has been helping people discover what lights them up. (Click here to read more about what it means to start from scratch; forget about a business plan—many of us need an exciting, viable business concept!) If you want to repurpose your work history and create your very own career paradise, then don’t miss my conversation with Marc—it will be posted right here on Wednesday afternoon, and you’ll be able to listen any time after that!