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Repurpose Your Career: A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers Paperback – January 1, 2013
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Marc Miller’s career journey included 22 years at IBM, several thriving tech startups, a painful stint as a high school teacher, a gig raising funds for the Jewish Community Association of Austin and a near fatal bicycle accident that changed his perspective forever. Thirty years of wandering the proverbial career desert, often repeating the same mistakes over and over, taught him his most crucial lesson: Most people don’t really know what makes them happy at their core, what fulfills them. They pursue money, status, a skill set, all of which provide some level of satisfaction, but not contentment. They wind up feeling frustrated and trapped. Others have figured out what they need, but don’t know how to chart a course to get there. An active member of the Launch Pad Job Club, Marc found himself counseling friends and associates on their career journeys and finally realized he’d found his vocation. He would use his extensive training experience to help others—especially Baby Boomers—find careers that they could grow into for the decades that lie ahead. Marc is passionate about his work and the clients he serves. He’s taught in more than 35 countries and helped clients from many industries. Susan Lahey has always been passionate about words—as a medium—and story. Especially true stories about ordinary people plucking up the courage to do something new and overcome obstacles, which describes Marc Miller and the clients he serves. She grew up in the newsroom of The Kansas City Star and worked as a business reporter, then worked as associate editor of a business/lifestyle magazine. Her long freelance career has included writing about everything from art to banking to sustainable building techniques for national and regional publications. In Austin, she reports on startups and emerging technologies, non-profits and other topics in addition to running her own content marketing company: Fishpond Content.
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This book is subtitled 'A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers,' however I feel that it very easily applies to anyone that is switching careers, jobs, or in any type of professional job transition. From here on out we will refer to a transition as a 'pivot'.
Marc writes in such a way as to give us the juice without us having to squeeze a lot of pulp to get it. By this I mean that he writes to those of us with short attention spans (isn't that all of us these days) without giving you the fat that comes with most career advice. He speaks from very worldly experience.
The book is divided up into 14-15 quick reading chapters that never lose your eyes through a set of personal stories (like), questions designed to provoke thought (wish authors did this more), advice (tested and tried), and action items (without action there can be no real change and/or benefit, yes?) at the end of each chapter. (Note - on the kindle version Marc has links which can be clicked on so that you can download these 'action items)'.
Spoiler: (this is the part I enjoyed most)!! Marc encourages you to go back and 'inventory' your past jobs/careers, and includes a system of questions that are designed to benefit you by finding patterns. These patterns were there all along, it's just that most of us have never gone back and looked for them. Just like a good shopkeeper would inventory his store to find out about the bad items and those which don't sell (and the ones that do) this process can only help you.
I have started to inventory the many jobs I have had since I was 12, asking myself the questions that Marc poses. It is a lot of work for someone with such a varied background, but the results really surprised me! I highly recommend this jewel of a book my Marc Miller!"Repurpose Your Career: A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers