Escape the Mid-Career Doldrums: What to do Next When You're Bored, Burned Out, Retired or Fired

Overview

Whether you?re bored, burned out, retired, or fired, Escape the Mid-Career Doldrums offers solutions, ideas, and practical tools for shaking up your professional life for the better. Based on real case studies, this smart and practical career guide will help you discover the causes of your professional problems and give you the inspiration and confidence to take action and seize new opportunities. This is the perfect prescription for a new and exciting professional life.

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Overview

Whether you’re bored, burned out, retired, or fired, Escape the Mid-Career Doldrums offers solutions, ideas, and practical tools for shaking up your professional life for the better. Based on real case studies, this smart and practical career guide will help you discover the causes of your professional problems and give you the inspiration and confidence to take action and seize new opportunities. This is the perfect prescription for a new and exciting professional life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470115152
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/27/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.11 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

Chapter 1. The Changing World of the Mid-Career Professional.

Chapter 2. Your Career is in a Turnaround. A Great Environment for Fresh Starts and New Directions.

Chapter 3. What You Do Next Doesn't Depend On What You Did Before: Moving Past the Career Myths.

Chapter 4. Assess the Underlying Cause of Your Boredom, Burnout, Retirement, or Firing.

Chapter 5. Use the Cause to Find the Cure.

Chapter 6. Open Yourself to the New World of Work and Emerging Opportunities.

Chapter 7. Enter Your Discomfort Zone. Transitioning to a New Way of Thinking.

Chapter 8. Monitor Your Progress. Signs that You're Going in a Great New Direction.

Chapter 9. What Next. A New 30 Year Plan.

Appendix 1. Financial Issues to Consider When Changing Jobs or Careers.

Appendix 2. 13 Step Networking Process.

Appendix 3. Business Plan Outline.

Appendix 4.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2008

    I needed a switch!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2007

    Life Saver

    After 20 years in a mid-level corporate position, I found myself 'downsized' and at a loss. A friend recommended 'Escape...' and it saved my life. I learned that there is life outside of corporate America. I learned how to assess my career and discovered that being terminated forced me to rethink my view of what I truly wanted. It's quite a jump from years of bored complacency to confronting my discomfort zone. I can truly say that this book provided me with an invaluable road map to my second career - manager of a medium sized retail operation five minutes from home.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2007

    A reviewer

    I was a typical frustrated mid-career professional not knowing what to do with my life until I read this fascinating book. You learn how to assess yourself, confront the myths and truths, and figure out what you can and want to do. I learned that one career is not necessarily it today. And, most of all I found a whole new career and way of life. I only wish that all 20 million of us would avail themselves of Marcia and Charely's wonderful counsel.

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