Repurpose Your Career Book
A Practical Guide for the 2nd Half of Life 3rd Edition
The Practical Guide to Building a Career in the Digital Age
If Marc Miller could have seen the future when he wrote his first book: Repurpose Your Career, A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers, he might have called it Life As You Know It Is About to Change…A Lot. Since the 2008 economic downtown left many Baby Boomers unable to retire, Marc decided to use his own experiences to help others pivot to a career that would fulfill them for the next 20 years. In his second book, Repurpose Your Career: A Practical Guide for the Second Half of Life he addressed the fact that the people seeking him out weren’t all Baby Boomers. Many in Generation X were also either dissatisfied with their careers, or were being displaced by ongoing technological and social disruption. Repurpose Your Career third edition responds to another huge shift in work: In this age of disruption, digitization, and the gig economy, people need a new mindset and strategies to become continual learners, create their own flexible careers, and cope with ageism. This book helps them do it.
Miller’s Career Pivot.com has been listed as a top career site by organizations including Forbes and Career Sherpa, and his strategies for a career transition have been featured on Mashable, Life Hacker, Money, Flexjobs and Sixty & Me. His second book was listed as one of the best career books of all time by Book Authority.
A “recovering engineer,” who spent years working at IBM, Miller’s own career journey started when his bicycle collided with a car, nearly ending his life. The experience changed his perspective on what he was doing with his time and launched him on a search for career fulfillment, leading him to jobs including teaching in the inner city, fundraising for a non-profit, and working for startups. He decided to parlay his experiences—and his engineer’s expertise at breaking big tasks into manageable steps—into helping others find long-lasting career fulfillment.
Today, though unemployment is at record lows for all age groups, employee satisfaction numbers have remained low. Everyone wants a job that’s meaningful and fulfilling to them as individuals, but few know how to evaluate an opportunity for those criteria. Instead, they focus on things like money and location, not realizing that more impactful factors to their happiness might include how much time they interact with others, whether the role requires multitasking or single focus, and what level of emotional support they need. Complicating matters is the fact that entire industries can virtually disappear overnight and that many people will wind up doing a series of jobs and side gigs rather than having one long-term role with a single employer. Every worker—regardless of age–needs to avail themselves of every opportunity to learn and grow rather than expecting someone to train them. And they to look not for a role to fill but a problem to solve.
Written with professional writer Susan Lahey, Repurpose Your Career, third edition is not only an easy read but packed with practical information and specific action steps.
Table of Contents
- TIME FOR RETIREMENT? NOPE. TIME FOR REINVENTION
- YOUR FIRST STEPS TOWARD YOUR NEW LIFE
- WHEN THE CLOUDS PART: MOMENTS OF CLARITY
- TO GET WHAT YOU NEED, YOU MUST KNOW WHAT YOU NEED
- WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL OPERATING SYSTEM?
- CAREER MISTAKES: FAILURE IS A GREAT OPTION
- DO YOU SUFFER FROM MSU DISORDER?
- IS IT AGEISM?
- LEARN TO EMBRACE CREATIVE DESTRUCTION
- CREATE OPPORTUNITIES AND STOP REACTING
- LIFE AS A SQUARE PEG GETS TOUGHER AS YOU AGE
- IF YOU WANT TO WORK INTO YOUR 70S
- PLAYBOOK FOR BUILDING STRATEGIC RELATIONSHIPS
- BUILDING ON WEAK TIES
- TIME TO ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES
For those who want to fall in love with their work again, redeploy their experience and skills into a new career, and prudently make a shift, Marc Miller’s strategic guidance is a pathway to success.
Kerry Hannon, author of Never Too Old To Get Rich: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting a Business Mid-Life
The updates and relevance of Marc’s book are perfectly timed! Retirement means something very different today than it did for our parents. The aging workforce in the US needs to understand how to take ownership of their careers. This book will guide you through the challenging steps of transitioning into a purposeful second career!
Hannah Morgan, Job Search Strategist and Founder, CareerSherpa.net
Change is the norm in today’s job market. Reinvention is no longer optional and Marc takes the guesswork out of it by providing practical strategies to ensure that you have the skills, direction and most importantly, the connections you need to be successful in the next phase of your career. If you’re not ready to retire, but unsure of next steps, do yourself a huge favor and get a copy of Repurpose Your Career.
—Dawn Graham, Ph.d., author of “Switchers: How Smart Professionals Change Careers and Seize Success” and Host of “Career Talk” on SiriusXM Radio.
I always enjoy talking to Marc Miller for insights and stories about finding meaningful work in the second half of life. Now you can read his thoughts on the topic drawn from years of consulting with clients, as well as his own experiences. The information in each chapter is practical, with helpful action steps. But, as he reminds us, learning new skills and meeting new people should also be fun. Experienced workers still have enormous contributions to make to our society and economy.
Chris Farrell, author of Purpose and a Paycheck
The updated version of Repurpose Your Career offers a roadmap to finding meaningful work during the second half of life. Written by celebrated career coach Marc Miller, it is chock-full of proven strategies, relatable stories and actionable advice tailored to the unique needs of people over 50. If you want to make your next act your best act, start reading this book now.
Nancy Collamer, Semi-Retirement Expert and Founder of MyLifestyleCareer.com
Marc’s insights into our late-career challenges are profound. For anyone navigating this new and uncertain life stage, his book provides a reassuring and empowering message.
John Tarnoff, career coach and author, “Boomer Reinvention”
“I love this book. Marc points out that as we get older it becomes harder to “pretend” to be something other than ourselves at work. Amen. The chapter about being a square peg in a round hole will resonate with many readers. Marc shows us how to live in our own unique “square hole” when we repurpose our career. I live by the mantra “make age 50 to 75 the best years of my life” – and “you can’t do that if your career ladder is against the wrong wall”
Thom Singer, Speaker and host of the “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” podcast
As usual, Marc Miller provides excellent advice on today’s requirements for a successful job search and career, focused on helping those of us over 50 cope with all the changes happening. Marc describes how the whole work environment has shifted dramatically with the increasingly rapid growth in the use of technology – for example, how some older industries (and jobs) are disappearing while new industries (and jobs) are developing. In this latest edition, Marc describes how to recognize, adapt, and overcome the new barriers to continuing your career and your income.
Susan P. Joyce, owner of Job-Hunt.org
“Attention job seekers! Whether you are relaunching your career, transitioning to a new one or just starting out in the work world, Marc Miller focuses on actionable strategies for the most important and difficult parts of the job search. Read carefully and benefit immediately from his expert advice!”
— Carol Fishman Cohen, Co-founder, iRelaunch