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What's Next? Follow Your Passion and Find Your Dream Job [Hardcover]

Kerry Hannon
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Book Description

April 28, 2010
Filled with inspiring stories from real people who have changed careers mid-life, What's Next? is an exciting roadmap for anyone looking to make their next job their dream job. From a former mortgage banker who's back in the classroom to a tough cop turned Nashville music agent, these in-depth testimonials offer encouragement and adviceand prove that it's possible to pursue your passion. Authored by Kerry Hannon, a celebrated journalist and leading authority on careers and personal finance, What's Next? offers those seeking a more fulfilling path the tools to get started and the inspiration to do it now.


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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

From the Back Cover

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 

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: #331,300 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

Customer Reviews

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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
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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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Stories of rich people taking on second careers 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
4.0 out of 5 stars More than just a self help book 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Motivating Stories & Practical Advice June 10, 2010
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This is one of the latest books on finding a new or second (or third) career. The book is organized into chapters that profile how various people have turned their dreams and passions into careers. Each chapter starts with an overview of each individual, including who they are, what they were doing, why they were dissatisfied, what made them decide to make the change, and how they went about doing it. There is then an interview with the person, followed by resources and suggestions for readers that may wish to pursue a similar career path.

The emphasis is on pursuing jobs and careers that are meaningful. The focus is not on money. Some of the individuals needed moderate amounts of income, while others were retired and having an income was not critical. I felt the stories were inspiring because they show others that it is possible to have an enjoyable and satisfying career. At the same time, the book clearly explains the struggles these people faced while pursuing their dream jobs. And while it wasn't an easy road, almost all the individuals stated that they didn't have any regrets - except that some wished they'd taken this step earlier.

My only complaint, and why I gave this book 4 instead of 5 stars, is that there were a large portion of cases devoted to those who had retired. And therefore, some of the resources were specifically for those over a certain age. I am glad these stories were included, because they clearly show that anyone can make a career transition at any time in their lives - regardless of how drastic the change may be. However, I just wish there had been a few more directed at individuals that still had numerous years left before they could even consider retirement.

Overall, the information is practical and the advice is helpful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This book give a lot of insight and options to ...
This book give a lot of insight and options to folks who want to consider other things after their "primary career". Many of us want to stay engaged and have much to offer. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Sam
3.0 out of 5 stars That being said I think the old classics like Think and Grow Rich
I wish I would have read the reviews before I bought the book. That being said I think the old classics like Think and Grow Rich, Success Through a Positive mental Attitude, The... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Capital One
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good read
Published 3 months ago by michael conway
2.0 out of 5 stars what's next
This sounded like a good book to get ideas on what career would fit best and how to accomplish it. But the book basically just gave examples of people that were rich/ well-to-do to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by tom kelly
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really helpful to a wide audience
This had some thoughtful questions to ask yourself, however it seemed to be aimed at someone who could financially make the choice to work or not. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Teri Eitzen
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed
I read the reviews before I bought the book so my expectations were in line. This book shares various stories of people who have spent several years in one career and spent the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Susie
3.0 out of 5 stars had a few good tips
Almost all the cases profiled were people who had a large enough nest egg to begin a new career where they made little to no money. Read more
Published 19 months ago by bbchi
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Advice, Inspirational Examples
This book came at a good time for me. A good combination of good advice and inspirational real life examples that make the advice all the more pertinent.
Published 20 months ago by Mike
2.0 out of 5 stars My Nest Egg Doesn't Exist Yet
Todd Justman's review is spot on for me, but I give the book one less star than him. I actually didn't appreciate the formatting (case studies). Read more
Published 23 months ago by Muriel Hahn
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but Narrowly Focused
"What's Next" is helpful and inspirational, but it has a more narrow focus than the title and jacket might indicate. Read more
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