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A fascinating and extremely helpful book for anyone planning to switch careers--from one of the nation's leading experts on the subject. --RICHARD EISENBERG CBS MoneyWatch.com

A must-read for anyone--at any age--curious about a career change. A perfect blend of inspirational, readable stories and logistical, practical advice, walks you through the nuts and bolts of switching careers so you can follow your passion the smart way and set yourself up for long-term success. (If I didn't love my career so much, this book would be my bible!) --BETH KOBLINER Author of Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties

Kerry Hannon is a top-rate personal finance journalist filled with smart, practical advice. --DIANE HARRIS Executive Editor, Money Magazine

These profiles reflect the passion of those who have taken a different path. The practical advice will make the journey smoother for others summoning up the courage to take that leap of faith. Tim Smart, Executive Editor, U.S. News & World Report

An essential roadmap and guidebook, full of great ideas. Jim Connor, Assistant Managing Editor, CNBC Business News --CNBC Business News

More and more people have realized the importance of following their passions. But if you can't make money at it, it's your hobby. Follow Hannon's road-map to make sure you're on the way to a passionate--and prosperous--career. --JEAN CHATZKY Best-selling author of The Difference and Pay It Down

A fascinating and extremely helpful book for anyone planning to switch careers--from one of the nation's leading experts on the subject. --RICHARD EISENBERG CBS MoneyWatch.com

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More and more people have realized the importance of following their passions. But if you can't make money at it, it's your hobby. Follow Hannon's road-map to make sure you're on the way to a passionate--and prosperous--career. --JEAN CHATZKY Best-selling author of The Difference and Pay It Down 
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1 edition (April 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811871150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811871150
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #885,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kerry is the author of What's Next? Finding Your Passion and Your Dream Job in Your Forties, Fifties and Beyond (Berkley Trade, 2014).

She is a columnist and contributor to The New York Times, a contributing editor for Forbes and columnist for PBS Next Avenue. She is AARP's Jobs expert and writes a monthly column for AARP.

Kerry is also the author of the national bestselling Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Healthy ... And Pays the Bills (John Wiley & Sons, 2012).

Kerry is career transition, retirement and personal finance expert. She is self-employed as a freelance writer and motivational speaker.

She is a contributor to Money magazine and USA Today and has appeared as a financial, retirement and career transition expert on numerous television and radio programs, and speaks regularly on money topics.

She is a former staff writer and editor for Forbes Magazine, Money, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, and a former personal finance columnist for USA Today. She has published several books on financial planning. Kerry is a MetLife Foundation/New America Media Fellow on Aging. She also serves on an editorial board at Duke University.

In the hardcover edition, WHAT'S NEXT? Follow Your Passion and Find Your Dream Job (Chronicle Books, 2010), was a winner of the Independent Book Publishers medal for Career and Business Books and Axiom Business book award.

Hannon is the author of Getting Started In Estate Planning (John Wiley & Sons), Suddenly Single: Money Skills for Divorcees and Widows (John Wiley & Sons), Ten Minute Guide to Retirement for Women (MacMillan Publishing), and You and Your Money: A Passage from Debt to Prosperity (Credit Education Group). She has penned one non-fiction saga of an American Indian Trading Post, Trees in a Circle: The Teec Nos Pos Story (Teec Nos Pos Trading Post).

Hannon has previously served as a reporter and personal finance columnist for USA Today and as a writer and editor for U.S. News & World Report, Money, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, and Forbes. She was a regular women and money columnist for iVillage.com.

Hannon's work has been published in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Readers Digest, Good Housekeeping, Institutional Investor and Advertising Age, among other national publications.

She has appeared as a financial expert on ABC News, CBS, Fox, CNBC, and CNN and has been a guest on numerous radio programs, including National Public Radio's "Talk of The Nation."

Hannon received a Bachelor of Art's degree from Duke University and is currently a member of an editorial board at Duke.
For more on Kerry, visit, http://www.kerryhannon.com/
Follow her on Twitter: @KerryHannon

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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Todd Justman VINE VOICE on July 11, 2010
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I found this book to be quite frustrating and tone-deaf in this economy. Judging from the subjects of most of the case studies, this book is written for the recent retiree who has a steady retirement income coming their way. For those of us who are in the generations that won't get a retirement, the book is almost offensive. It will also probably offend Baby Boomers who have lost their jobs to read about one hard-charging executive after another who decides they want to make wine or birth calves. Heck, the lawyer-turned-farmer featured in the book has NO expectation to make any money. To have that kind of security must be nice, but for 99.9% of the American population, we want or need to change careers to MAKE money. Hard-charging executives will always do fine - what about the rest of us who are left with dwindling fortunes to match our dwindling 401(k)s and home values?

The format of the book itself is very good, although I was initially skeptical. The book lays out case studies and then has a Q&A and a summary of tips in-between. The questions can use some work; the question "would you do anything differently" was answered the same each time - "nothing" - so it was useless. Using stories teaches the concepts and makes it much less text-booky. I would want to combine this book with a companion title that would be more methodical in walking you through an approach. Perhaps the famous "Parachute" book would do well. This book is more about teaching old dogs new tricks. I see this targeted to the generation where a one-company career was the norm, but with my generation we have no illusion of that; I have no problem believing I could make wine someday if I wanted to. If you don't believe that for yourself, than this book would be great.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stokes VINE VOICE on August 2, 2010
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I picked this up as a 29 year old thinking about what it would be like to completely change my career. I didn't realize, however, that I'd need to be:

- A retired military Captain with a pension
- A Microsoft millionaire
- A 60 something retiree with a pension
- A retired professor who goes into chocolate making with her physician husband

Basically, everyone in the book either has a pension, a wealthy spouse, or a huge nest egg already. It's not the most sympathetic group, and certainly not really applicable for the vast majority of people.

That said, there are some good parts - like questions and answers on how people did it, what worked well, what they wish they had done different. Still, for someone expecting grand stories of changes in career, this isn't the book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By pebbles VINE VOICE on June 14, 2010
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I got What's Next because that is what i've been saying to myself for a few months now. I took early retirement from my state job and now am trying to figure out what I want to do now. The book is a series of short stories about people who knew they needed a change and went for it. It includes quite a lot of information about career changes. Websites, books, and organizations that can help entrepreneurs get a leg up. I think those will be helpful to me in my search. The stories, maybe not so much because these people all were making great money and had a nice cushion to fall back on when they decided to make the change. They also knew what they wanted and had the confidence to take the leap. Not a lot of people I know have the luxury of a fat bank account to start a new business or move across the country. And also, many people, including me, don't have the sort of "I can do anything you can do better" attitude about themselves. Both of those things would be very nice indeed. If they make a poor person's version of this, I would be even more relevant to so many people who are struggling to move on and move ahead.
That said, it is well worth the time to read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jared Castle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 20, 2011
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Subjects of Kerry Hannon's self-described 'happy journalism' launched second careers on a foundation of solvent pensions, deep retirement savings and a youthful retirement - for example, career coach Beverly Jones 'retired' at age 53 "after two decades as `a high-powered corporate lawyer...[who] took the golden parachute retirement package."

If that sounds like you, well, God bless. Pick up the book so you have something to read in the lobby between life coaching sessions.

If you are considering a second career because you've reached the last extension of unemployment benefits this book won't be nearly as inspirational as it promises.

There are 16 vignettes in this book, each followed up with a brief Q&A with bits of 'expert' advice scattered throughout. The chapter titles are similar, such as 'From Stress to Bliss' and 'From High Tech to High Minded.'

I found it odd that there is no mention of anyone clinging to a tired job to help their children pay off college debt or to afford a nursing home for their elderly parents. Hannon slips in a single page of financial advice that opens with this caveat:

"Whatever your motivation, you still need to be pragmatic. For most people, a midcareer restart comes with a financial price tag, particularly if you don't have the cushion of a partner's income or a retirement or severance package. It might mean a sizeable pay cut to pursue work in a more altruistic field, a hefty tuition bill for more schooling, or a temporary loss of medical and retirement benefits."

Sort of knocks the bloom off the rose, doesn't it?

Ask me how many people I know who would L-O-V-E to make a midcareer restart and I'll pass you a roll of names that could rival the wish list St.
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