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What's Next? Follow Your Passion and Find Your Dream Job Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 28, 2010
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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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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.Read more ›
- 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.
That said, it is well worth the time to read.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 morePublished 20 months ago by Sam
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 morePublished 21 months ago by Capital One
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 morePublished on July 7, 2014 by tom kelly
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 morePublished on June 16, 2014 by Teri Eitzen
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 morePublished on April 19, 2014 by Susie
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 morePublished on May 27, 2013 by bbchi
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 on April 24, 2013 by Mike
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 morePublished on January 19, 2013 by Muriel Hahn