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Get your career back on track—whether you're bored, burned out, retired, or fired

Changing professions in mid-career is both a challenge and an opportunity. Whether you're burned out or bored to death with your job, whether you've been downsized, retired, or fired, this is your chance to seize control of your career and start doing something you really love. Even if you've been working in the same field for decades, Escape the Mid-Career Doldrums offers solutions, ideas, and practical tools for shaking up your professional life for the better.

Everyone deserves a second chance at a great career. Based on real case studies of mid-career professionals, Escape the Mid-Career Doldrums will help you discover the causes of your professional problems and fix them with practical, straightforward career advice. Inside, you'll find inspiring and practical guidance on:

  • Recognizing when you're burned out or bored
  • Gaining the confidence to take action and seize new opportunities
  • Taking advantage of your mid-career experience
  • Looking inside yourself to find your next career path or goal
  • Adjusting to changes in the modern workplace
  • Switching to a part-time or flex-time schedule
  • Finding a career that matches your interests
  • Mining emerging trends for new opportunities
  • Using continuing education to transition into a new profession
  • And much more

For experienced professionals who are out of work or unhappy with their jobs, Escape the Mid-Career Doldrums is the perfect prescription for a new, healthy, and exciting life.

About the Author

Marcia L. Worthing, a consultant, was most recently executive vice president of Mullin & Associates/Lincolnshire International, a New York–headquartered firm specializing in executive and professional career transition services and executive coaching for Fortune 500 companies. Prior to Mullin, she was senior vice president of human resources and corporate affairs at Avon Products, Inc.

Charles A. Buck is a corporate and transition coach based in New York City working with individuals and small businesses. He has owned an inn and was the founder of two leading executive search firms. Earlier he was senior vice president of administrative services at Batten Barton Durstine & Osborn, Inc. and vice president of Doyle Dane Bernbach, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (November 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470115157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470115152
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,958,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 17, 2008
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If you are suffering from a wealth of free time thanks to early retirement, or you are wildly successful at your current career and are looking for the next thing, this book is for you.

Since it is written by two successful career counselors based in New York City, the real-life examples they use to motivate the reader are of people who can afford to hire a career counselor in New York City even while unemployed.

"Richard, a highly successful human resources executive for a top corporation, had over 200 employees reporting to him and a high-level executive role that allowed him to take on strategic and planning responsibilities. Despite a great salary and other perks, Richard was bored." (pg. 93)

"Having spent 25 years in managerial financial positions for large corporations, Lee enjoyed his career without loving it...He found great satisfaction in being able to provide for his family on the good salary he received. He also relished the global travel..."(pg 113)

"Carol originally came to New York to pursue a dance career and achieved a great deal of success, becoming a soloist in the American Ballet Theater..."(pg. 168)

"For many years Kim enjoyed a dynamic public relations career in London, working for a number of agencies and then opening her own shop with a partner..." (pg 155)

Example after example of people who have already achieved great success and find it tedious. We should all be so lucky to have a career which allows us to experience the boredom of global travel.

Along with these examples comes advice you can find anywhere. The authors suggest readers look into teaching, or figure out what they are passionate about and do that, or try turning their hobbies into new careers.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Phillips on January 10, 2008
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I retired from a sucessful career as a mortgage banker and looked forward to golf, bridge, and unlimited quality time with the grandchildren. It was great for awhile and my husband, who had retired into a hobby - making and selling duck decoys- and I travelled around the country. But, it wasn't enough. I found I had too much time on my hands and yearned to be busy again. "Escape..." made me realize that life isn't just one career and that's it. I followed the precepts espoused in the book and began to envision myself as a co-ordinator of volunteer services at a local hospital. I started to do volunteer work and gradually made myself indispensible to the director of volunteers. Now I work directly for her (with a respectable salary) three days a week and my family and I couldn't be happier. Thank you Charley and Marcia.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Cathy Goodwin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 11, 2008
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Every career counselor knows it's pretty easy to figure out why you didn't like your last job. It's not that hard to figure out what you want. But implementing a plan...that's tough.

The first part of the book is quite good, especially assessing the myths of mid-career. I applaud their recognition of the reality of age discrimination.

But dealing with change post-analysis is more problematic. For instance, the authors note that you may have to work a day job to make room for your passion. It's not that easy. Your day job can leave you exhausted and drained, so you don't have energy or motivation to pursue your dream afterward.

Some suggestions seem surprisingly simplistic. Bored? Enhance your job or find things to do outside the job.

Some sections (such as the few paragraphs on relocation and coaching) are just too brief to be useful. They point out that relocation can give you a "fresh start," but it's much more complicated. Putting together a new social network takes time.

What bothered me most (and raised doubts about the book) was the brief example on page 48. "Sally" had become so suspicious of age discrimination she over-reacted. That's plausible: I had a client like that.

But then Sally's friend got a job teaching advertising at a local university, which "quickly became a tenure track position." If this story is real, it's not at all typical. In most universities, adjuncts and visiting professors are not considered for permanent positions, even if they're more qualified than other candidates. And few people get "quickly" hired into the tenure track: you have to be considered by a committee and the process takes forever.

A powerful dean or department head could make it happen but then you've got other problems.

So far I haven't found anything better than Herminia Ibarra's Working Identity. This book adds a few ideas, but needs a stronger message to get on my recommendation list.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jaewoo Kim VINE VOICE on March 15, 2009
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This book is geared towards 40-60 year old career switchers.

The book helps with your own self analysis of what is causing your boredom, burnout, retirement, and firing. The book also helps you to realign your thinking about your current job and future job trends in a positive light.

As much as anything, this is a "you can do it" book which empowers those who might be in a career rut and are frustrated or feel helpless.

The advice of this book are solid such as retraining yourself with the latest technology in your field and getting rid of old fashioned "old dogs can't learn new tricks" attitude towards new technology and ideas.

We are in a knowledge based economy where constantly reinventing and learning new skill is critical in almost any job.
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